Last week, I got to join 11-year-old Lucas Fleming from Esher, along with his family, at the Harry's HAT reception in House of Commons.
Harry’s HAT, or Harry’s Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust, was founded in 2018 by the parents of Harry Coates. The charity aims to make life better for children and their families who are affected by hydrocephalus by improving management of the condition.
Hydrocephalus is a condition where excess fluid builds up inside the skull, putting pressure on the brain. This can sometimes lead to brain damage, which can be fatal if left untreated. To find out more, click here https://harrys-hat.org/hydrocephalus/.
To help undertake early intervention, Harry’s HAT are stressing the importance of head circumference measurement in infants. When plotted against a baby’s weight and height, head circumference measurement can be a key indicator of hydrocephalus.
Lucas has hydrocephalus and has endured 25 brain surgeries. He is doing some fantastic work with Harry’s HAT to help raise the profile of the charity and engage other young people. He even appeared on Heart Radio with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden!
At the reception, Lucas was presented with Harry’s HAT first Young Ambassador award – an amazing achievement and truly well deserved!