Youngster’s trip to dinosaur museum

Harrison Tunrbull
Harrison Tunrbull

A cancer-battling youngster who is mad about dinosaurs got his wish to visit the world-famous Natural History Museum granted.

Harrison Turnbull and his family made the trip to London thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, a charity which grants wishes to children and young people with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.

Harrison, four, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2011 at just 17 months old and has fought the condition ever since, enduring a number of hospital stays to receive treatment.

From a young age he developed a passion for dinosaurs and has attended various exhibitions on the prehistoric creatures.

For his wish, he was taken by limousine to the Natural History Museum in London and spent an afternoon at toy shop Hamleys, accompanied by his mum and dad, Kate and Paul.

Kate, of Shotton Colliery, said: “When he walked into the hall and saw the big dinosaur skeleton, his face lit up and he looked so happy.”

Harrison also learned about modern mammals including blue whales during the trip.

Since being diagnosed with leukaemia, Harrison has been given steroids and also underwent intensive chemotherapy treatment with lumber punctures, which resulted in weight gain, hair loss and delays in his ability to walk.

Kate said: “Harrison is approaching five and is starting to remember things, but I didn’t want all his early memories to be of treatment and hospital. He should have happy memories as a child and Make-A-Wish gave him that.”

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