Welwyn Garden City schoolboy slips on a banana skin for Big Yellow Friday

PUBLISHED: 14:10 05 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:10 05 March 2014

Tom Gepp is raising money for big yellow Friday by dressing as a banana all week at school. Pictured with Leah Cox, Chloe Coleman, Alice Gepp, (sister), Daniel Harrison, (brother) and Gina Constantinou

Tom Gepp is raising money for big yellow Friday by dressing as a banana all week at school. Pictured with Leah Cox, Chloe Coleman, Alice Gepp, (sister), Daniel Harrison, (brother) and Gina Constantinou

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A schoolboy has been showing "a lot of courage" this week - by dressing up as a giant banana to raise money for his seriously ill little brother.

Tom Gepp, Amy Harrison, Daniel Harrison, Alice GeppTom Gepp, Amy Harrison, Daniel Harrison, Alice Gepp

Tom Gepp, of Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City, who goes to the town’s Stanborough School, will dress up as the tropical treat to fundraise for Big Yellow Friday, which supports children with liver disease.

The lad’s four-year-old brother, Dan, was diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome when he was 10 weeks old.

The illness means the tot’s liver and kidneys are failing.

Big Yellow Friday takes place on the first Friday in March and raises funds for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).

"I wanted to do something a bit random this year for Childrens Liver Disease Foundation."

Tom Gepp

The 12-year-old said: “I wanted to do something a bit random this year for CLDF.

“I thought being a banana would make people ask questions and it will give me a chance to tell them about Daniel, liver disease and CLDF and get lots of sponsors too.”

The boys’ mum, Amy Harrison, said she was “extremely proud” of Tom.

She said: “I think it takes a lot of courage to dress up as a banana at school, especially as he is the only one doing it.

“I think him and his sister Alice are amazing for raising funds and awareness for the CLDF. And I think Daniel will be very proud of them, too.”

Last year the family sold wristbands and raised more than £200.

To find out more about Big Yellow Friday or the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation visit www.childliverdisease.org

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