A NINE-YEAR-OLD schoolboy who raised money for Children in Need has been congratulated by the House of Commons for his efforts.
Oscar Mellers, from Gosport, originally raised £85 from a 10-mile bike ride with his dad, Andy, after being inspired by Blue Peter on TV to raise money for the charity.
A letter, addressed from the House of Commons, was written by Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and sent to Oscar congratulating him.
Oscar, who attends Gomer Junior School, said: ‘A lady sent a letter to my school saying how well I’d done after she read the article in The News and gave me an extra £50 towards my sponsorship.
‘This makes my total £212 now, which is amazing, as originally I thought if I could get £10 that would be brilliant.’
Mr Mellers also showed off the letter on Facebook and Oscar received a further £60 donations towards his sponsorship.
Oscar met Ms Dinenage at her office in Stoke Road, Gosport, and got an opportunity to look at all the pictures on the walls, of previous prime ministers, and have photos taken with his letter.
Ms Dinenage said she was delighted to hear Oscar had raised even more money thanks to the letter.
She said: ‘What fantastic news.
‘I’m delighted that you have now raised even more money – what a star you are.
‘Your family must be extremely proud of you.’
Mr Mellers said: ‘Caroline asked him loads of questions about how he did it and how much he had now raised.
‘He was really in awe of her and she said how proud she was of him for his efforts.’
Oscar started by raising money at his neighbourhood church.
The cycle ride was the first fundraising event Oscar had ever done.
He and his dad cycled to Stokes Bay via Hill Head and back.
Oscar said afterwards: ‘I can’t believe we’ve done it, dad.
‘That is so far and so cool and I’ve raised so much for the children that need it.’