Ben Named Sussex Fundraiser Of The Year
Ben, aged 11 has won Fundraiser of the Year at the Child of Sussex Awards 2017.
The event celebrates the outstanding work and impressive contribution of children throughout Sussex. There are 13 categories altogether and anyone can nominate a child, who they believe deserves to be recognised for their extraordinary support within the county.
Ben has been recognised as an individual who always goes the extra mile to raise funds for charity and is constantly getting involved in fundraising initiatives.
Hundreds of people packed into the Brighton Metropole Hotel for the glitzy award ceremony, which is now in its eighth year. Ben, who has been nominated by a number of people, said he couldn’t believe he had won. “I was so shocked to receive the award, I really didn’t expect it. I just love doing charity work.”
Ben said his desire to fundraise and help others stemmed from his mum’s friend who went to Uganda to volunteer. He wanted to follow in her footsteps and make a difference and has been furiously fundraising ever since.
In the last two years Ben has managed to raise a staggering £12,000 for charity. His endeavours have included: a 30 mile bike ride, dog walking, feeding homeless people, collecting spare change and selling wristbands. Last year Ben gave away the majority of his Christmas presents to charity.
Ben donates to a wide range of causes including Twinkling Stars. This is a charity that provides headstones for parents who have lost their children and cannot afford to buy a headstone for their grave. With a basic headstone costing £1,000, Ben felt strongly that this was a charity he wanted to help.
Speaking about his fundraising efforts, Ben said, “My favourite fundraiser I have done was a 30 mile bike ride along the Cuckoo Trail. It took me 4 hours, but I managed to raise over £1,000 for Brain Tumour Research.”
He sells ‘Ben’s Charity Work’ wristbands with the proceeds going to WRAS, the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, a charity he is particularly fond of. Ben has raised nearly £1,000 for WRAS via various fundraising events; a replacement ambulance was recently funded thanks to donations including Ben’s efforts.
Ben successfully manages to juggle his school work with planning and carrying out fundraiser events at the weekend. He doesn’t look set to give up on fundraising any time soon and is hoping to organise a World Record attempt for the most people on a pogo stick simultaneously.
Giles Entwisle, Headmaster of Bede’s Prep said of his achievements, “I could not be prouder of Ben; his fundraising achievements are outstanding and he is a real credit to the School.”
There really is no stopping Ben, last weekend he organised another sponsored Fun Walk for charity and is already planning his next fundraiser!
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