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Pride of Somerset Youth Awards - torch creator Logan McKerrow
7:26pm Sunday 30th March 2014 in News
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.
He was among those recognised at the 2014 Pride of Somerset Youth Awards.
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.”
The awards are run by the Rotary Club of Taunton, your Somerset County Gazette, Bridgwater Mercury, Chard and Ilminster News, Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News and local radio station BBC Somerset.
A prize fund came from sponsorship from the Rotary Club, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Somerset Cricket Museum and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
Certificates were presented at Somerset College’s conference centre in Taunton, which was provided free by the college.
To watch video footage from the ceremony, which took place on March 7, see below.
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