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Harley Brinkley, 10, raises money for St Nicholas Hospice Care in memory of his father Darren

Harley Brinkley, left, raised £100.80 for St Nicholas Hospice. He is pictured with his brother De Jay, sister Georgia and mum Kelly. Picture: St Nicholas Hospice Care

Harley Brinkley, left, raised £100.80 for St Nicholas Hospice. He is pictured with his brother De Jay, sister Georgia and mum Kelly. Picture: St Nicholas Hospice Care

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A 10-year-old’s generous gesture in memory of his father has given a funding boost to a care-giving charity.

Harley Brinkley raised more than £100 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, which looked after his father. Picture: St Nicholas Hospice CareHarley Brinkley raised more than £100 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, which looked after his father. Picture: St Nicholas Hospice Care

Harley Brinkley, who attends Barnham CEVC Primary School near Thetford, proved his business skills when he took part in his school’s £5 challenge.

Having been given a £5 note, Harley was given the challenge of starting a business and turning the £5 into as much money as he could to create a profit.

The youngster managed to make £100.80 by selling 200 raffle squares, each costing £1, in three weeks.

Harley donated the money to St Nicholas Hospice Care, which cares for people in West Suffolk and Thetford, after the charity looked after his dad Darren before he died of cancer eight years ago.

Harley said: “It was a lot of fun. When I first said my idea people said I wouldn’t raise any money but I did the most in the class.

“I sold all of the tickets, De Jay my brother said he would buy the last ones, but I had already sold them.

“I really enjoyed it and raising money was good too.”

He added: “The hospice needs £11,000 a day to be able to help people.”

Harley’s mum Kelly Brinkley said: “I am very proud of Harley, we all are.

“He did so well and I was so proud when he said he wanted to give the money to the hospice.

“Darren spent his last 30 hours in the care of the hospice, and I just can’t praise the care he received enough.

“The nurses were brilliant and afterwards we were really supported as a family, with Georgia [Harley’s sister] and Harley both receiving support from the hospice’s Nicky’s Way.”

A six-week programme, Nicky’s Way allows bereaved children and young people to meet others in the same situation and to share their worries, fears, hopes and feelings.

Miranda McCoy, hospice community fundraiser, said: “A huge well done to Harley, we are all so grateful for his generous gesture which will help the hospice as it continues to look after those who need our help.

“Thank you to Harley and everyone who supported him - his wonderful family and all those who helped him by buying squares.” To find out more about the charity click here

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