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Chard schoolboy's 'Olympic Torch' sells for £2,050
LOGAN McKerrow made an Olympic Torch from paper at school – it has now gone on a relay of its own to raise funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf Children. PHOTO: Jeff Searle
A CHARD schoolboy is dreaming that a paper version of the Olympic torch he made at school will find its way to the Queen.
Logan McKerrow, five, a pupil at Redstart Primary School, has seen his paper torch travel hundreds of miles on its own relay since selling it on eBay last month to raise funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf Children.
The charity has now raised £15,818 in its Let’s Hear It for Deaf Children campaign, with much of the donations rolling in from people inspired by the youngster’s efforts.
The young entrepreneur thought if the actual Olympic Torch bearers could sell their souvenirs on-line to raise charity funds – then why couldn’t he sell his self-made effort?
His Granddad Paul Blackburn then came up with the idea of turning it into a torch relay – with each winning bidder re-listing the torch for charity.
The torch has travelled from Chard to Shropshire to Dorset - with the relay gaining national press and television coverage this weekend.
On Saturday the torch sold for a staggering £2,050, and is being posted by special delivery to winning bidders Gary and Wendy Sanderson in Northumberland.
Logan’s mum Kerry McKerrow said: “Logan is taking it in his stride – he loved being on the telly and it was quite funny. He’s hoping to get the torch to the Queen at the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics. That would make all of his dreams come true.”
In all the excitement – Logan did have one slight disappointment. He was meant to be seeing Ice Age 4 at the cinema over the weekend, but couldn’t go as he was heading up to Manchester for an interview in the BBC Breakfast studio.
The torch is going to be re-listed soon, for a "Buy It Now" price of £100 – and will continue its journey across the country. Meanwhile, the charity are to name a puppy after Logan, and he hopes to visit the centre in Princes Risborough during the school summer holiday.
Backing Logan’s fundraising campaign Chard Mayor Cllr Cathie Morrison said: “I just think it’s absolutely brilliant that such a young person can have such a good idea – it makes you wonder what he will think of next!
“If he could get the torch to the Queen that would be the icing on the cake – maybe the Prime Minister would accept it if not?”
TO find out more about the journey of Logan’s Olympic Torch or to make a donation to the Let’s Hear It for Deaf Children campaign follow the related links on this story.