Big-hearted Stan’s the sweetie man

Stanley Pridmore (seven), from Lee on the Solent who has raised money for Comic Relief by getting customers to guess the number of sweets in a jar as they shopped inside the towns All Seasons fruit and veg shop.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13742-2)

Stanley Pridmore (seven), from Lee on the Solent who has raised money for Comic Relief by getting customers to guess the number of sweets in a jar as they shopped inside the towns All Seasons fruit and veg shop.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13742-2)

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MONSTROUSLY funny Red Nose Day is finally here!

From wearing crazy outfits, to abseiling down the side of buildings, doing the Harlem shake or spending the day telling jokes, thousands of you are doing something funny for money.

All the cash raised for Comic Relief will go directly to the most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa – the people who need it most.

It was while watching footage of a Comic Relief project in Africa that seven-year-old Stanley Pridmore, of Studland Road, Lee-on-the-Solent, decided he was going to do something.

His mum Viv Thomas said: ‘He was shocked and moved at seeing the children in Africa and said straight away he wanted to give his whole money box to help the children.

‘He said “I have all this, those children have nothing so I don’t need the money”. I was so proud I said he could give it all. ‘

Stan decided to spend the money buying sweets to put in a jar and ask people to guess how many were in there. He also put a £5 note in the bottom as extra incentive.

With big sister Grace there for moral support, Stan spent the day at All Seasons fruit and veg shop in Lee-on-the-Solent High Street.

Viv said: ‘Stan missed football practice with the Lee Rangers, sprayed his hair red and had a big red nose painted on him.

‘He was quite nervous at the start. I was so impressed with the generosity of the people in Lee,

‘I think they were taken by the fact that a little boy had given £45.10 of his own money and missed football training to help others.

‘People talked to him, told him what a good thing he was doing and, most importantly, gave very generously to Comic Relief as well.

‘By the end of the day, Stan had raised £247.52 which I think is amazing for a little boy to raise through his own motivation.’

Stan said: ‘I was really happy about the money I raised.

‘It went very well. I missed football practice but I didn’t mind.

‘When I watched the film about the African children, it was really sad and it did make me think that I was lucky, very much so.’

n There is still one day left to apply for a slice of The News’ £50,000 Comic Relief giveaway.

Scores of good causes have applied for grants of between £500 and £1,000 which will go to help people here in our community.

Toni Shaw, chief executive of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Community Foundation which administers the grants, said: ‘We’ve had lots already but we would love to see one final flurry of applications.’

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