She’s only been in her new job less than two months, but Laura Priestley-Cooper, from Hampshire was so inspired by her role at Harrison’s Fund that she decided to put her money where her mouth is – and host her own charity fundraiser.

The 29-year-old from Andover and her husband, Alex, held a ‘Harrison’s Brunch’ last weekend and raised an impressive £200 towards the charity’s work funding research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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Harrison’s Fund is named after the 11-year-old Harrison Smith from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. Harrison’s Fund’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne. The charity is currently funding 12 research projects in the US and the UK.

The couple held the fundraiser in their garden at their home in Smannell Village.16 people and four dogs enjoyed the mountains of cakes, croissants, fruit, prosecco and dog bones which were laid on.

Laura Priestley-Cooper, Events fundraiser at Harrison’s Fund said: “After recently joining the charity’s fundraising team, I was keen to host my own brunch at home with the help of my husband Alex for all of our friends and family. It was a great opportunity for everyone to get together and learn about Harrisons Fund work whilst of course enjoying lots of yummy treats. We also took the opportunity to toast our family friend, Michael Bissell, who was awarded an MBE in the recent Queens Birthday Honours List.

“We plan to make Harrison’s Brunch a yearly get together for our friends and family at home and I’ve even managed to cajole Alex into running the Surrey Half Marathon for the charity next year!”

The brunch was part of Harrison’s Fund’s annual campaign, Harrison’s Brunch, which encourages people to host brunches throughout the month of June to raise money towards its work.

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