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By Joan Crooks
Rock band, The Twisted Melons, will raise the roof at Campbeltown town hall in support of a poorly toddler.
Tomorrow night’s benefit gig, organised by his Campbeltonian granny, Zandra Mcgougan, for two-year-old Harris Mcgougan, from Dunbeg, Oban will also feature Matt McAllister, Jamie G and Stevie Gorman.
Harris, who was diagnosed, with leukaemia, a few months after his second birthday, has been unable to return home since starting treatment at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow last July.
Harris stays at the CLIC Sargent home, Marion’s House, between hospital admissions and his mother has been with him constantly.
His granny, Zandra, loves to spend time with him, visiting as often as she can.
Zandra said: ‘Harris is the most loving, caring two year old. On his good days, he walks past the nurses’ station and makes them laugh with his antics.
‘He loves to play hide and seek, and pout in the mirror to see his beautiful wee face.
‘His favourite thing is his iPad and he loves dancing.
‘Harris is the bravest wee boy I know. With everything he is going through, he still smiles every day.’
He celebrated Christmas at Marion’s House with family members visiting.
Harris requires a further block of chemotherapy but at present is in isolation due to having contracted the flu virus.
His family hope that he will be able to return home in April or May but he will continue to need treatment for a further two years.
Zandra refers to Harris as ‘our wee warrior’ and in December he was treated to a hospital visit from the Glasgow Warriors rugby squad.
At the start of 2018 Campbeltown’s own Wee Toon Warriors held a charity evening in his honour, raising £200.
There is a grand raffle at Saturday’s charity event and tickets can be bought at Snips, Bliss, the Ailsa bar and the Feathers Inn.
Prizes include a £100 voucher for Randall Robertson tattoo, four hours driving lessons with Martin Brown, vouchers for the Craigard hotel and various shops in Campbeltown, plus bottles of whisky, wine and vodka, and hair products and make-up.
A few remaining tickets for the concert, at which the musicians are performing free of charge, will be available at the event.
Harris with Marshall from Paw Patrol. NO_c03harris02