In just 19 months 12 year old pupil Tom Evans, from Oswestry School, has raised £20,473 for Cancer Research.
Tom started raising money in April 2016 after his grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The experience spurred Tom to do something special as a thank you to the medical profession for providing so much care. He initially set out to raise £5,000 for the charity, but with donations coming in thick and fast Tom decided to increase his target dramatically to £20,000.
Fundraising began in May 2016 at the first agricultural show in Builth Wells. Here, at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival, Tom showed his Kerry Hill sheep and also took along his pink Cancer Research sheep. Along with filming for a BBC2 Wales documentary about Tom and his sheep for the Royal Welsh 2016 programme, he was also filmed by Midlands TV at Burwarton show which focussed on his fundraising efforts with the Cancer Research pink sheep.
To support Tom in his efforts, since September 2017 Oswestry School directed all their fundraising activities towards helping Tom achieve his £20,000 goal. Proceeds from the school’s annual Christmas Enterprise Fair and a home clothes day raised an impressive £1808.47.
Louise Aubrey, a representative from Cancer Research, visited Oswestry School to accept the cheque and to talk to the pupils about how vital the money is and how it will be spent.
(From L-R) Tom Evans, India Whalley, Louise Aubrey, Poppy Polden, India Whalley and Alice Williams presenting the cheque for Cancer Research