Prime Minister praises 7-year old cycle boy
The prime minister, Gordon Brown has praised Charlie Simpson from West London as a ‘shining example’ and ‘truly inspirational’ as he has raised so much money for the victims in Haiti. Charlie Simpson rode his bicycle around his local park in Fulham on Sunday to raise the money. He rode the equivalent of five miles (8km). Gordon Brown had arranged to meet Charlie at 10 Downing Street but unfortunately the prime minister was called away to Northern Ireland for devolution talks. However he issued a statement, “Charlie’s dedication in raising money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake is truly inspirational and a shining example of the kind of friendship, goodness and compassion so often shown by British people.” Sarah Brown met Charlie instead at number 10 Downing Street. Charlie said “It was very fun going to the Prime Minister’s house and meeting Sarah Brown.” Charlie raised Â£168,000 for charity through his cycling expeditions. However through the government’s gift aid scheme the total is over Â£200,000. David Bull from Unicef said “Nearly half of the population in Haiti are children and the money that Charlie has raised will help Unicef to make sure that the children affected by the earthquake have enough food and water to survive. We’re so grateful to everyone who has supported Charlie or has been fundraising themselves.”
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Source: www.news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/england/london/8483160.stm, 27th January 2010