Friends rally to unite ill Welwyn Garden City boy with family

PUBLISHED: 15:31 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:31 16 November 2017

Vikki Mason with her son Elliot.

Vikki Mason with her son Elliot.


People have been donating to make sure that a Welwyn Garden City toddler, who has a rare disorder, won’t be alone in hospital over Christmas.

Two-year-old Elliot Harridge will sadly be staying in Great Ormond Street Hospital over Christmas and the foreseeable few months.

The youngster suffers from a rare chromosome disorder, which has meant that he has had to suffer with collapsed lungs, delayed gastric emptying, a hole in his heart, dilated colon and bowel, three brain conditions, and severe failure to thrive in that he only weighs 14lbs.

Elliot’s mum Vikki Mason, 27, has been staying with him in the hospital since September, but the pair have been deeply missing the rest of their family.

Vikki’s partner James and their two daughters, Ebony, eight, and Esmae, four, have been staying in their home in Welwyn Garden City.

After seeing how upset the family were, family friend Lisa Devine, 35, of Welwyn Garden City, set up a Just Giving page to bring them together.

Vikki said: “It was such a lovely surprise and it’s so nice to be able to see James and my kids every now and again.

“I’m all alone up here in London but hotels can cost like £200 a night.”

So far the page has raised £600 and the family were able to spend three nights together over the half-term.

Lisa, who is an autism specialist at Sherrardswood School, said: “I decided to start the Just Giving page as many of Vikki and James’ friends wanted to help.

“We couldn’t provide practical help and felt so helpless, so thought the least we could do was to raise money to help the family be together.

“We know that Vikki is with Elliot but she misses James and the girls and they miss her and Elliot.

“If we could provide a little happiness for them then that’s what we wanted to do.”

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