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A youngster’s fundraising efforts will help to light up the lives of others at a special time of the year.

Spalding Academy student Jake Winkett (16) has managed to pack a number of charity events into a tough year - and has rounded off 2021 by taking part in the KidsOut charity’s Christmas Giving Tree scheme.

He is gathering presents for the charity for the second year running, and was named one of their youth ambassadors in 2020 after collecting 45 gifts for disadvantaged children in refuge homes.

Jake Winkett has been collecting for the Christmas Giving Tree scheme (53775454)
Jake Winkett has been collecting for the Christmas Giving Tree scheme (53775454)

“It is very sad to think that a child might not get anything for Christmas, so this is why I had to help last year,” Jake said.

“I am always thinking of new ways to raise money and make people aware of the charity.”

“I would like to say a little personal thank you to a few people who have helped me by donating a gift - some who work with my mum Julie at B&M, especially Allison Green, and my auntie Natalie Hewitt.

Jake Winkett has been collecting for the Christmas Giving Tree scheme (53775457)
Jake Winkett has been collecting for the Christmas Giving Tree scheme (53775457)

“If I only make just one person aware of the charity then I am happy, as every child deserves a Christmas and a smile.”

Throughout the past year, Jake has taken part in a sponsored walk and raised over £100 at a children’s Halloween disco.

He is a big Aston Villa fan, and has raised money for the club’s charity in the past.

His mum Julie, who works at B&M on Westlode Street in Spalding, couldn’t be prouder of his efforts - and says he has been raising money for charity since the age of 8, when he gathered over £370 at his first event.

Jake Winkett has been collecting for the Christmas Giving Tree scheme (53775460)
Jake Winkett has been collecting for the Christmas Giving Tree scheme (53775460)

“He’s just that kind of kid,” she said.

“Ever since he became a youth ambassador, he’s been set on doing his best to raise awareness on who they are, what they do.

“He’s onto what he likes to call his favourite part, because he thinks every child should have a present and if he does his bit, he’s guaranteeing a child a present off the tree.”

Jake and Julie take their donated gifts to a distribution centre in Peterborough, which is the closest one to home.

From there, the presents are delivered to children who may have been forced to flee from their homes quickly following domestic violence - meaning they might not receive any otherwise.

“He’s bound to come up with more. He’s done three this year and he wasn’t even planning that, so we’ve stopped at that,” Julie added.

“He’s already decided that he wants to do a children’s Christmas party next year, but the Covid restrictions they’ve put in are limiting what he can do.”



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