MOST 11-year-olds are likely to be found saving up for the latest gadgets and toys to show off to their friends…
But rather than buying an array of books, DVDs and toys, kind-hearted Lewis Bone decided to sell them to raise money for The Christie.
Lewis flogged his wares at a stall at the Kids Car Boot sale at Saddleworth School in October and raised £126.57 for the charity – beating his target of £100.
His mum Tracy explained: “It all started because Lewis had been hearing about his classmates at Saddleworth School earning their ‘petals’ by taking part in various sporting events outside of school hours.
“Lewis has Asperger’s and is not interested in sports but he also has hyper mobility disorder meaning although regular exercise is good it can sometimes take its toll on his joints.
“We read through his school diary and there were a list of other things he could participate in to earn his ‘petal’ and he instantly said ‘I want to raise some money for charity’.
“I talked him through some various organisations that he could raise money for and he chose The Christie after learning about the work they do.”
This year, pupils at Saddleworth School are being encouraged to demonstrate the pride they have in being part of the school by ‘earning their badge’ and taking part in extra activities and opportunities.
Kids Car Boot events are where children’s products can be sold, swapped or bought to help clear the house of clutter, and make money too. Any leftover items can be donated to be taken to Barnardo’s.
Tracy continued: “Lewis dug out his own items to sell and I posted on Greenfield Primary School (his old school) Facebook page and people have been extremely kind in their donations.
“Lewis arrived at Saddleworth School with so much enthusiasm – he told me in the car that his goal was to raise £100.
“I explained every single penny he raised was just as important and not to be worried if he didn’t reach his ideal amount.
“The staff from Kids Car Boot were amazing. I paid the stall fees weeks ago so I was a little overwhelmed when they told him on arrival that they would be giving back the fees as a donation.
“Lewis was even given the privilege of opening the doors to the general public, which he loved!
“The sale went great and our customers left with some fantastic bargains, with some even donating even though they didn’t buy anything.
“Spirits were high and with a little support from his sister Aimee, Lewis did a wonderful job.”
Tracy added: “I’d like to personally thank all the people who donated items as well as those who purchased them on the day.
“I’d also like to include all those who sent supportive messages to me for Lewis as this has really spurred him on, and a massive thanks for Kids Car Boot for the perfect pitch and their kind donation.”
The next Kids Car Boot event is on Sunday, November 3 at Saddleworth School from 10am-12noon. There is plenty of parking. Admission is just £1 for adults, children go free. Refreshments available.