Video: Liam Crowned Britain's Kindest Kid
SOHAM-based fundraiser Liam Fairhust has been crowned Britain s Kindest Kid. Following a trip to Downing Street in the company of Five newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, TV viewers were encouraged to vote from a shortlist of five charitable under-16s – and 13
SOHAM-based fundraiser Liam Fairhust has been crowned Britain's Kindest Kid.
Following a trip to Downing Street in the company of Five newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, TV viewers were encouraged to vote from a shortlist of five charitable under-16s - and 13-year-old Liam came out on top.
He has raised £150,000 for children's cancer charity CLICSargent since being diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
The fundraising effort started with a one-mile sponsored swim in 2006, after Liam has treatment to remove a tumour in his leg. His aim was to raise £1,000, but £12,000 poured into the CLICSargent coffers.
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The Soham Village College pupil also managed to persuade the panel on Million Pound Give-Away to donate £50,741 to fund a caravan in Yorkshire which families who have a child with cancer can use for a holiday.
Britain's Kindest Kid was set up by Five News and the Charities Aid Foundation. to recognise the work children under 16 do, raising money for charity and helping good causes. Applicants had to demonstrate acts of kindness which involved giving up their time and making a personal sacrifice.
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Liam was nominated for the award by CLIC's community fund-raising manager Karen Roberts.
Her assistant, Nichola Doran, said: "We couldn't be more proud of Liam. I can't think of anyone who deserves the award more."
Liam even managed to impress Natasha Kaplinsky, who said: "Liam Fairhurst is such a special young man, he stood out for lots of different reasons. I actually asked if there was a typing error because he had raised so much money. He is so dedicated, he is so kind and on top of that he is absolutely lovely."
In a typical move of generosity, Liam, who won £1,000 pocket money in the competition, said he would give £200 to each of the other Kindest Kid finalists and the same to each member of his family - mum Sarah, dad Mark and brother Callum.