A TEENAGER whose inspirational idea is helping cheer up seriously ill children has been described as a hero.
Tyler Murphy set up a charitable group to help youngsters with life-threatening illnesses after undergoing a four-year battle with a brain tumour.
The Barnham youth recently met Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert to tell him about his work.
Mr Herbert said: “I can see why his family and friends are so proud of this local hero and I am sure that his gift boxes will be hugely appreciated by the children who receive them.”
He met Tyler, 17, his mother Janice Ellis, and two of the Tyler Trust members, Lorraine Matthews and Leanne Farr, to learn more about what they do.
Tyler’s treatment included 11 operations.
While in hospital, he made small gifts for other children and saw what a difference it made to them. He set up Tyler’s Trust to raise awareness of brain tumours in children and raise money to make more boxes.
The boxes are filled with personally chosen toys, an MP3 player, a bandana and books. Children are nominated through www.tylerstrust.co.uk.
Fundraising has enabled the trust to deliver 20 boxes to local children. The trust also delivered its first parent overnight bags to St Richard’s Hospital last week with items needed by parents when they have to quickly go with a child to hospital.
Tyler said: “It was really interesting meeting Nick. It’s great to know Tyler’s Trust has his support.”