Neil O'Brien, MP for Harborough, presented the 'Harborough Hero' award at the Market Harborough Carnival on Sunday 9th June 2019, to Jay Crouch.
For the past two years Harborough Hero awards have been given to one adult and one child. They are nominated by the public as people who have contributed to the community, gone above and beyond to help others or have inspiring stories. The final winners are then decided by a committee of judges and presented at the Carnival.
Jay Crouch was just seven when he was given five new organs in March 2018 over a ten hour operation at Birmingham Children's Hospital. He has suffered from short bladder syndrome since he was six weeks old, resulting in complications with other vital organs and the eventual need for the transplant of two new kidneys, a liver, a pancreas and bowel.
Neil said, "It was a pleasure to give Jay his Harborough Hero award. His story is remarkable and he truly deserves this.
I'd like to thank all of the volunteers who work so hard to make the Carnival such a success also. Sadly the weather meant it wasn't possible to proceed on Saturday, but they were brilliantly able to rearrange elements of the day for Sunday at the rec instead."