Little Blake’s charity jog helps African children

Blake, 4, with his teacher, Miss Wright and the money he raised
Blake, 4, with his teacher, Miss Wright and the money he raised

A generous Burnley four-year-old has raised £145 for a Ugandan charity project aiming to build a home for disadvantaged children after learning about the topic at school.

Keen to help, Blake Booth, who attends reception at Rosewood Primary School, completed an hour-long jog around Towneley Park with his aunt Mary to raise funds, having settled on the physical challenge after speaking to his teacher, Miss Wright.

Blake’s father, Paul, 31, said his son, who was inspired to help children in need in the East African nation in any way, originally wanted to take some toys into school to send to the children. “It was his own idea,” said Paul.

“He’s only four years old, and he’s been learning about kids in Uganda; how poor they are. He wanted to take some of his toys to school. Me and his mum were saying ‘what are you doing that for?’ and he said ‘I’m taking them for the poor kids’.

“He wanted to take some money as well, so we started speaking to the school about it, and so he’s taken it upon himself to do a one hour run, jog, walk last Friday.

Proud parents Paul and Katy Disley, 30, say Blake has a ‘heart of gold’, and that while he was ‘a bit knackered’ by the end of his challenge, he would be keen to do future fundraising events.

“Blake is really helpful all the time, a really caring young man,” said Paul. “He is going to do something else in a few months, but does not know what yet though.”