Inspirational nine-year-old Bailey Blackwell is this week’s worthy We Can Do It T-shirt winner after he donated cash he raised from a run to a group which supports MS sufferers.
Bailey raised £297.50 for Working Age With Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) – a group in Hampshire for people who aren’t able to get support during the day because they work – when he took part in the Mini Bupa Great South Run.
He wanted to help the group because his mum, Helen Blackwell, has MS and is a member.
On Wednesday, Bailey presented the money in the form of a huge cheque to the group at the Mountbatten Centre, in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw, Portsmouth, which is where the group meets every month.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas, also turned up to show his support. Bailey’s grateful mum Helen, who lives with her son in Cavendish Close, Waterlooville, says: ‘It brings a lump to my throat every time I think about what Bailey has done for me.
‘You hear so many bad things about young people but here you have a nine-year-old who acts so grown-up for his age.
‘I’m so proud of him.
‘He does a lot for me.
‘I’ve been struggling lately and whenever I slow down when we’re walking in the street he offers to hold my hand.’
Bailey says: ‘I wanted to help the group because my mummy is part of it and it helps her. It’s a great cause.’