Ollie Carrington-Ford.

Ollie’s treks for the homeless

A Weston nine-year-old has raised over a thousand pounds as well as awareness for those who are homeless by taking on a sponsored walk every night for seven days.

Ollie Carrington-Ford has already raised over £1,000 for the Light Project in Peterborough and is set to bolster that further by holding a raffle.

Previously the Spalding Whites U9s FC and Elite Sports Academy goalkeeper had saved some of the pocket money he’s earned from keeping clean sheets on the pitch and doing jobs around the house to donate to homeless charities.

Ollie completed his final walk on Tuesday.

Ollie on one of his walks.

The Whaplode Primary School pupil said: “The homeless should not sleep outside when there are empty buildings and I feel no-one really cares for them.

“When I see a homeless person it makes me sad and I want to help so I thought it would be good to try to raise lots of money to help them. I chose to walk at night because that’s when it’s colder and the homeless will be lonely.

“It’s been an amazing experience. I get to walk in all weathers and try to experience what a homeless person is feeling!

“Walking in the snow wasn’t that bad. It only went in my eyes, but it was cold.”

Ollie’s mum Sarah Ford, said: “I’m so proud that at the age of nine he feels so passionately about this and wants to raise awareness.

“It’s such a big achievement and to think he only wanted to raise £100.”

You can donate to Ollie’s appeal and the Light Project at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-ford38

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