James inspired to help Africa

Fundraiser James Black pictured with some of the cards and jewellery he made.
Fundraiser James Black pictured with some of the cards and jewellery he made.

A THOUGHTFUL nine-year-old has raised hundreds of pounds after organising a church fair to help starving children in Africa.

James Black may only be at primary school, but he set the ball in motion to organise the charity event to boost the Save The Children appeal.

He was spurred into action after watching ITV show Born To Shine, in which children teach celebrities a new skill.

The show is raising money for Save the Children’s life-saving work across the world and featured insightful clips of celebrities visiting projects in various countries, including Africa.

Now, after pulling together the fair, in which he sold around 100 of his own hand-made cards and jewellery, he managed to raise an impressive £350 to send to Africa.

James’ proud grandmother, Muriel Peters, 61, said: “When he saw the item on the show about the children of Africa, he was just so emotional about it.

“He just wanted to do something to help save them.

“After the fair, he said ‘grandma, £5 will feed them for a week, well I raised £360, imagine what that could do’.

“Everybody is very proud, we had donations from as far as Durham, it was a wonderful response.”

Around 100 people attended James’ craft fair, which took place on Wednesday at his local church, St Saviour’s, in Grange Terrace, Shotton Colliery.

Muriel said: “He was absolutely delighted with the result.

“He made a lot of the articles that were for sale.

“He is so thoughtful, he surprises me at times and he loves crafts and anything to do with creating things.

Muriel lives with James, a Shotton Primary School pupil, his 12-year-old brother Connor, their mother, Susan Peters, a 39-year-old client manager for Hewlett Packard, and James’ grandfather Fred, a retired chartered account.

Muriel, who is a lay reader at St Saviour’s and also the branch leader of the church-based Mothers’ Union, thanked fellow parishioners Jean Thompson, George Robinson and Pat Carhart for their help in organising the event.

She said James now plans to organise a similar fair for the church’s ongoing renovation fund.