Eight-year-old Harvey models in Bolton Wanderers catalogue
YOUNG Harvey Bancks is profoundly deaf and has implants to help him hear — but that did not stop him becoming a model for Bolton Wanderers.
Harvey, aged eight, was approached by the club to appear in the catalogue through a family link — his uncle Andrew Dean is promotions manager and the family are huge Wanderers fans.
Harvey has also been a mascot for the club.
Proud mum Lisa Bancks, from Bromley Cross, says Harvey is more than a model — he is a role model.
“Harvey really enjoyed it. He is profoundly deaf and has cochlear implants,” she said.
“But at the shoot, no one said anything and he was treated like all the other children.
“I hope that Harvey appearing in the catalogue inspires other children and shows them they can achieve whatever they want. It is only other people who stop them from doing so.”
Mrs Bancks said she and her family — husband Malcolm, brother Oliver, aged 13, and sister Tania, aged 26 — were all proud of Harvey, who is a pupil at Walmsley CE Primary School.
The cochlear implant — a surgically implanted electronic device — provides a sense of sound to someone who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.
Mrs Bancks said: “A few years ago children like Harvey might not have been given an opportunity like this and it is great that organisations like Bolton Wanderers are helping change that and make a difference.”
Harvey is a natural in front of the camera, so there is every chance he could return to modelling.
Mrs Bancks said: “The photo shoot took place at Wanderers and lasted a couple of hours.
“I think he found it quite easy — he just took it in his stride. If he was asked to smile he did.
“Maybe it is something we will follow up in the future.”
Wanderers merchandise buyer Jackie Chadwick said: “Each year I have a photoshoot for the autumn/winter catalogue.
“I tend to use children and babies from our Junior Whites club and other sources and Harvey came forward along with two other boys and girls.
“His deafness and cochlear implants had no bearing on my choice and he was an absolute delight to work with.”
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