Seven-year-old Toby starts off lockdown-themed chain poem to raise cash for NSPCC - The Leamington Observer

Seven-year-old Toby starts off lockdown-themed chain poem to raise cash for NSPCC

Leamington Editorial 30th Apr, 2020   0

YOUNG Toby Price is encouraging primary school pupils across the country to contribute to his lockdown-themed chain poem that is raising money for the NSPCC.

The seven-year-old from Bishops Itchington has got the ball rolling with the poem’s first two lines.

Toby has now surpassed his initial £100 fund-raising target, with children from other counties adding silly, funny and creative rhymes to his Facebook group.

His mum Sarah has praised the generosity of families across Warwickshire and further afield.

The 36-year-old said: “Toby wanted to do something to help people during lockdown so we had a long chat about it and the different options. I showed him what Captain Tom Moore was doing and introduced him to how he was raising money via Just Giving.

“Toby’s first thought was a 100k bike ride over the course of a month but another suggestion was something that others could join in with and that’s when the idea of a poem was born.

“We looked at a few charities and he wanted to help children like himself and he thought the NSPCC would be good. I read about Childline and saw a story about a girl who was struggling with anxiety during lockdown and it really hit home. The lockdown has been bad for people’s mental health so it’s a difficult time for everyone.”

NSPCC-ran Childline has continued to provide a vital service for children since the start of the pandemic. Childline volunteers and staff have conducted over 2,200 counselling sessions with children who have coronavirus related worries and concerns since the end of January.

People have been donating money via a Just Giving page, and contributing their lines on a Facebook group called ‘Covid-19 NSPCC lockdown poem’.

Sarah added: “We were initially looking to raise £100 but we have already passed that total. It’s not all about parents donating money – Toby for example gave £2 of his pocket money so no matter how big or small any donation is appreciated.

“The other entries have been great so far. Some have been funny, sad but all very good. We would like children of primary school age to get creative with this and express themselves.

“It would be great if we can make the poem really long. If it gets big enough it would be great to get it published and perhaps raise even more for the NSPCC. We’ve already had an offer from a local company to help pay for this if we get that far.”

Toby was pleased to see the response.

He said: “I enjoy seeing the other entries and I like them all – some have been really funny.

“I would like to see other children take part and I would like this to raise about £300 for the NSPCC.”

Children can contribute to Toby’s chain poem by joining the group on Facebook here, and donations can be made by following clicking here.




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