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£5k raised for brave Southwark kids

Two kind-hearted Rotherhithe men have been nominated for a Pride of Britain award after raising over £5000 for three brave children and their families to enjoy a “special Christmas.”

Brian Croll and his partner Ronald Phillip, who live in Downtown, were touched by the stories of little Harvey Brown, Cavell Neavin and Cidney Dixon-Fowler, and decided to do all they could to help.

Harvey, six, suffers from the ultra-rare life-debilitating disease Morquio, Cidney Dixon-Fowler, four, has severe mobility and eye issues and Cavell Neavin, four, who has been fighting a brain tumour for the last years.

Brian and Ron spent weeks selling specially-designed mirrors and sun-catchers, while also raffling off a huge number of items which were donated by generous residents and businesses, including Millwall Football Club.

In total, they raised £5125, which was split evenly between the children and their families.

Brian said: “It was brilliant and quite emotional. We didn’t think we would be able to raise more than about £300 each, so we can’t believe how much was given. That will mean they will be able to have a really nice Christmas.”

Harvey has already put some of their money to good use, buying a new addition to the family: a little rabbit, which he has named Ronnie, in tribute to the pair.

The family have also nominated Brian and Ronald, who both suffer from health problems of their own, for a 2016 Pride of Britain award, which rewards people who have bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations.

Brian said: “I was quite humbled that they did that, but it was all for a good cause and the people who donated money or gifts were so generous. To think that within six weeks of us starting, all this came in. It is a lot of money and we are very grateful.”

Brian and Ronald
Brian and Ronald


  1. What brilliant people you both are you had no need to do this for these children but you still did you both deserve that award well done boys xxxxx

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