Susan pens ‘Tommy’s Tomatoes” to help stricken Harrison

Lifestyle / Fri 30th May 2014 at 07:38am

A YOUNG boy’s illness has inspired a local woman to write a children’s book – with all profits going to the charity founded in his name.

Mum of two, Susan Auzou, 51, from Harlowsusantoms, has written ‘Tommy’s Tomatoes’ in aid of Harrison’s Fund, The charity is named after seven year old Harrison Smith from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition which affects the muscles, causing muscle weakness.

She said: “I saw the article about Harrison in a newspaper last year and knew I needed to do something pretty special to show my support. My friend Aideen’s son Elliott, also suffers from the same disease so I am aware of the massive impact it can have on not only the health of a child but on the family as a whole as it is such a horrible disease.

“I actually had the idea for the Tommy’s Tomatoes about twenty years ago when my own sons were small but wasn’t sure how to turn it into something that children would enjoy. The book is about a young boy who loves gardening. When his granddad passes away, he decides to do something to remember him by and the result is both surprising and funny. As I know I am incapable of running marathons, swimming across lakes or cycling across continents I had to find a way of raising money that I could do. It launched on Amazon in April, and I will find out how much I have raised so far in July, so fingers crossed it does well and raises lots of money for Harrison’s Fund.”

Harrison’s Fund goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne

Alex Smith, Founder of the charity and dad of Harrison added: “This is such a creative way to get involved in charity. Susan has been so proactive in helping and writing such a fun book, her support is massively appreciated. I have already read it to Harrison, and of course he loves it.”

The book is available on Amazon UK and costs £1.86. To buy a copy of Tommy’s Tomatoes please visit

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