A FUNDRAISING family have donated more than £6,000 to a charity which helped their dying son.

Harrison Martin was just 17 months old when he died of a rare form of child cancer last December.

Since then his family, from Buckhurst Hill, have been on a mission to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and Haven House Hospice, in Woodford, where Harrison spent his final days.

This month marks the anniversary of Harrison's diagnosis at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the beginning of the family's nightmare.

His aunt, Clair Gardner, said: "Our family were touched by the level of service we received from both organisations and decided to raise as much as possible in memory of baby Harrison."

Their efforts included a sponsored walk round Roding Valley Nature Reserve which raised £1,000, and on the weekend Harrison would have celebrated his second birthday, his mother, Laura Rex, organised a Royal Garden Tea Party at Murray Hall, Loughton.

More than £3,000 was raised at this event which was attended by the Queen lookalike from the McDonald's adverts.

The following day Harrison’s mother completed a 12,000ft sky dive, helping to raise another £865 for the cause.

Ms Gardner said: "We plan to continue our fundraising so that families who are thrown into the scary circumstances of Great Ormond Street Hospital continue to benefit from the outstanding care and support that we received as a family."

She added: "Haven House is a fantastic local organisation that provides respite for families of terminally ill children. “They’ve made an impact on so many lives already and with local support will continue to do so for years to come."