A PONTEFRACT youngster has raised money for a charity close to his heart.
Lewis Kennedy, nine, was so inspired by a recent school visit from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) that he decided to organise a sponsored walk.
The Larks Hill Primary School pupil raised £170 for the heart charity from his two-lap jaunt around Pontefract Racecourse.
His mum Shelly Kennedy said: “We are really proud of him, he’s done really well. He’s conscious about being healthy and his awareness about looking after himself was raised after the presentation at school.
“The walk was totally out of the blue and unexpected and everyone in the family has supported him. He’s quite shy, so for him to go and ask people for money was quite difficult, but he overcame it to get some sponsorship.
“He’s really pleased he’s raised so much money, to him it’s a lot so he was really proud of himself.”
Lewis, of Windsor Rise, told friends and family he wanted to help BHF reach its target for the year of raising £50 million to fund research into regenerating heart muscle.
Sue Green, BHF fundraising and volunteer manager for West Yorkshire, visited the school earlier this year to raise awareness of its Mending Broken Hearts appeal.
She said: “I thought it was fantastic Lewis had used his initiative to go and do something. I’ve gone in to the school previously to talk about the appeal and it obviously hit a nerve with Lewis. He obviously felt very passionately about it.”
The BHF celebrated its 50th birthday this year, an occasion which was marked by a fundraising coffee morning at the school.
Alison Smith headteacher said: “This is a good example of a child using their own initiative and thinking about the positive impact his actions will have on others.”