Kiran stays silent to raise money

Kirna Merrick, nine, and  family members Picture: Malcolm Wells (141699-4933)
Kirna Merrick, nine, and family members Picture: Malcolm Wells (141699-4933)
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GIVING his brother bone marrow to help save his life wasn’t enough for Kiran Merrick.

The caring nine-year-old wanted to do more and decided to raise money for Sam’s Haven – a charity inspired by his little brother.

After speaking to his nan and a family friend, Kiran decided to do a sponsored silence for 24 hours in a bid to get donations.

The Denmead Junior School pupil completed the silence at 4pm on Saturday.

He said it was harder than he expected.

‘I knew it might be difficult but it was a lot harder than I thought,’ said Kiran.

‘I had to keep writing things down so I wrote a lot over the 24 hours.

‘But it was worth it to raise money for Sam’s Haven.’

Kiran’s brother Sam, five, suffers from a rare immuno-deficiency which means constant trips to hospital.

But his parents, Louise and Paul, were determined they would have annual holidays inbetween these trips and would go to Church Farm, Pagham, West Sussex.

Louise said that Sam was so happy during the visits that she wanted to give other sick children the chance to have holidays there too.

So, Louise and Paul started fundraising to buy a caravan families could use.

Kiran and his other brothers, Liam, eight, and Jordan 13, have been helping with Sam’s Haven but Kiran wanted to do more.

He added: ‘I have been helping my parents at fairs and other events but there isn’t a lot I can do.

‘So I wanted to do something that I could do which would raise lots of money.’

Kiran set himself a target of £100 but has smashed that and raised £270.

Louise said she is really proud of him.

‘The boys have helped a lot with Sam’s Haven but it is difficult as they are quite young,’ she said.

‘But it’s really touching to think that even though he has given his bone marrow to Sam and helped save his brother, that Kiran wants to do more.

‘He just wants to continue to help in any way he can so we so proud of him.’

She added: ‘It was difficult while he was doing it because he had to keep tapping us on the shoulder to get our attention.

‘And he kept either texting us or writing things down so we had to go buy him a notepad.’

To donate to Sam’s Haven visit or visit to donate to Kiran.