A CHARD schoolboy has taken inspiration from the Olympic torch bearers by selling the torch he made in class on eBay.
Logan McKerrow, five, has listed a replica he made from paper, tissue paper, felt and foil on the auction site to raise funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf Children.
The Redstart Primary School pupil sold the item, which he made before half-term when he was still a pupil at Avishayes Primary School, for £21.
But the winning bidder asked for Logan’s torch to be re-listed to raise more charity funds, and as of Monday the second auction had already reached £38.01.
Interested parties are urged to get their bids in quickly as the auction closes on Thursday.
Logan’s mum, Kerry, said: “I told him about the torchbearers selling their torches on eBay and he said if they’ve got theirs on there why can’t mine be on there, too?”
Now Logan and his family are hoping to start their own torch relay after an idea from Logan’s granddad, Paul Blackburn.
The winning bidder this time is encouraged to re-list the torch for someone else to buy and raise more money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf Children, which is very timely as this week is Hearing Dogs week.
The charity is currently running a Let’s Hear it for Deaf Children campaign, which aims to raise £50,000 to help train more hearing dogs and change the lives of deaf children across the UK.
The campaign’s Just Giving page has been receiving more support thanks to Logan’s story.
Kerry said: “We sat down and went through a list of children’s charities, and we came across this one.
“It’s really cute – people have been generous in bidding and donating the money just from seeing his story.”
To join in the bidding or find out more about Logan’s Olympic Torch, follow the related links on this story.