Nicola wants to help a little boy with a big smile

Nicola Mann, of Loftos Avenue South Shore, who is hoping to organise a series of fundraising events for her cousin's son Harry Culwick, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy.'Nicola next to a Peace Lily, which Harry's family sent her as a token of thanks for her efforts.   PIC BY ROB LOCK'6-2-2014

Nicola Mann, of Loftos Avenue South Shore, who is hoping to organise a series of fundraising events for her cousin's son Harry Culwick, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy.'Nicola next to a Peace Lily, which Harry's family sent her as a token of thanks for her efforts. PIC BY ROB LOCK'6-2-2014

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Nicola Mann is on a mission.

The 28-year-old, from Loftus Avenue, Blackpool, is determined to help a little boy with a big smile, who captures the heart of all who meet him.

Nicola, who works at the Premier Inn, on Yeadon Way, will be doing everything she can to raise money for six-year-old Harry Culwick.

Nicola is married to Paul and his cousin Samantha is mum to Harry, who is profoundly deaf and has Cerebral Palsy.

Despite his obvious challenges, Harry – who has a twin brother Luke – has an amazing sense of humour and according to Nicola, never stops smiling.

But his family have to work hard to pay for vital new treatment to help him.

Harry started having ABR (Advanced BioMechanical Rehabilitation) treatment in November last year and his family say they have noticed massive benefits.

But it is so specialised, physios have to be flown in from Belgium three times a year to show families how to carry out the technique and Harry’s parents have to spend two-and-a-half hours every day giving him the treatment.

The family will have to raise £5,300 a year, until November 2015, to pay for the treatment.

Through fundraising last year, they managed to raise £2,200.

But since then Nicola and her husband moved from Derby, where the rest of the family live, to Blackpool.

However, Nicola is determined not to let that stop her doing all she can for Harry and his family.

She said: “He’s such a wonderful little boy. Both Harry and Luke are gorgeous.

“Harry is always smiling, always happy. Nothing gets him down despite his difficulties.

“When we moved to Blackpool, I felt it could be difficult for us to help out as much, but I am making it my vow to raise as much money as I can.

“We also want to raise awareness of the challenges faced by children like Harry and of the treatments out there which can help.

“We are in the process of planning lots of events and challenges we can do.

“The treatment makes a huge difference to Harry.

“It makes his muscles much more relaxed, but it’s obviously a long-term process.

“Before, he wasn’t actually able to sit up unaided.

“We will be keeping people updated with our fundraising efforts and events and we are hoping the people of Blackpool, our new home, will get behind us.”

For more information and to follow the campaign, search for Harry Culwick on Facebook, where his parents have set up a special page all about him and their fundraising.