Seven-year-old's charity ride raises over £50,000 for Haiti victims

London boy exceeds £500 target 100 times over

by Simon_MacMichael   January 24, 2010  

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A seven-year-old boy from London who set himself the target of raising £500 to help earthquake victims in Haiti by cycling around his local park has raised more than 100 times that amount, and donations are continuing to flood in.

According to his page on the charity donation site Just Giving, Charlie Simpson aimed to complete at least seven laps – equivalent to five miles – of South Park, near his home in Fulham this weekend to raise money for Unicef, and managed to fulfil that goal yesterday.

The youngster said on his page: “My name is Charlie Simpson, I want to do a Sponsored Bike Ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives. I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti.”

Unicef’s Executive Director in the UK, David Bull, told BBC News: “This is a very bold and innovative gesture by Charlie that shows he connects with and not only understands what children his own age must be going through in Haiti, but is also wise enough to know that he can help them.

"The little seed - his idea - that he has planted has grown rapidly and his is a place well-deserved in the humanitarian world.

"On behalf on the many children in Haiti, I thank Charlie for his effort."

You can donate to Charlie’s appeal by visiting his Just Giving page here.


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BBC breakfast said it was around £75000 this morning and still climbing!! fair play to the lad Smile

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posted by stuke [338 posts]
25th January 2010 - 9:47


It looks like it will be over the 1ook mark by the end of the day! Incredible.

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posted by TRs Blurb n Blog [270 posts]
25th January 2010 - 12:32

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Outstanding, great to see

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
25th January 2010 - 13:04

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£95k now, seems to be going faster and faster Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7701 posts]
25th January 2010 - 13:34

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He's gone past £100k now, fantastic effort by the little fella Smile

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8994 posts]
25th January 2010 - 14:59