Thursday 19 April 2018

Seven-year-old Charlie raises £200,000 in aid

THIS is seven-year-old Charlie Simpson who met the British prime minister's wife at 10 Downing Street yesterday after raising more than £200,000 (€230,360) for earthquake victims in Haiti.

Sarah Brown congratulated him on his fundraising achievements after he cycled five miles around his local park, in Fulham, west London on Sunday.

He was supposed to have met Gordon Brown, but the prime minister is still in Northern Ireland trying to resolve devolution talks. But Mr Brown issued a statement, saying: "Charlie's dedication in raising money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake is truly inspirational."

Charlie, who said his legs were not "too achy", rode his bike in Downing Street before being met at the famous front door by Mrs Brown. "It was very fun going to the prime minister's house," he said. "I cycled my bike down Downing Street and even a bit inside."

Unicef UK executive director David Bull said: "We're so grateful to everyone who has supported Charlie."

Irish Independent

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