Torch maker Logan wins Youth Award

This is The West Country: LOGAN McKerrow with his sister Tamsin. LOGAN McKerrow with his sister Tamsin.

FAMOUS fundraiser Logan McKerrow, of Chard, was honoured for his paper Olympic torch idea which has raised awareness of, and coined in a whopping £34,000 for, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The seven-year-old’s journey began as he saw some Olympic torch bearers selling their torches on eBay, either to make a quick buck or raise money for charity.

Logan was not a torch bearer but he liked the idea of selling a torch so he made a paper one and chose Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as his charity.

His paper torch duly went on eBay and was sold for £21.

Then, the buyer asked for it to be re-sold and Logan’s granddad suggested putting the torch on its own relay – and the rest, as they say, is history.

Since then, the torch has had 60 torch bearers, has travelled more than 20,000 miles and has raised a staggering £34,000 for the charity.

The torch has now been sent to its 61st and final torch bearer, the Queen, who sent a letter to Logan after receiving it.

The fundraising journey has also seen Logan meet famous people like David Beckham and Prime Minister David Cameron.

His nomination said: “He is a caring, thoughtful and loving boy with a huge heart and has inspired others.”

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