TV star raises money for five-year-old with muscular dystrophy

A popular comedian and television presenter has been raising money for a young boy with a rare muscle-wasting disease.

Sean Kelly, US stand-up comedian and presenter of Storage Hunters, took to the stage at the UK’s Southport Comedy Festival this year – with an act that managed to raise more than £1,300 for one fortunate five-year-old boy.

On stage, the performer held a charity auction as part of his act – the proceeds of which went to young Harry Halpin, who was first diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2013.

Rachel Halpin, Harry’s mother, said: “Our whole world was turned upside down when we received the devastating news. Harry is like any other child of his age and is completely unaware of his condition.

Since his diagnosis, Ms Halpin has set up charity fund Help Harry – which attracted the attention of the US performer.

Following the show, Ms Halpin said: “Thank you to [Sean Kelly] for a great night and all who gave money to the auction for Harry’s fund. We’re truly overwhelmed by such a nice man”.

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