Kind Alex sells teddy bears to help charity

CARING: Alex Rowe with his teddy bear stall.
CARING: Alex Rowe with his teddy bear stall.

A kind-hearted youngster showed his softer side by giving up some of his most cherished toys for charity.

Ten-year-old Alex Rowe has boosted the charities supported by the Mayor of Peterlee.

The Mayor, Councillor Don Milsom, is the Shotton Hall Primary School pupil’s grandfather, and Alex has already given his support previously, with a charity climb.

Alex donated his collection of teddy bears to a tombola, and recently worked really hard to sell them, and raise £300 for his grandfather’s chosen causes.

Alex’s dad David Rowe said: “It is a testament to Alex’s character, and with a tear in his eye, he gave away over 60 teddy bears and other characters in order to raise funds for the Mayor’s worthwhile charities.

“Alex has a determination and a very generous nature, and managed to raise £300 on the day.

“Everyone who knows Alex knows he is a hard worker and has a positive attitude.”

David, who is married to Gillian, and lives in the Oakerside area of Peterlee, said Alex continues to show a desire to continue to raise more money to support his grandfather’s sponsored charities, which are Help for Heroes, Hartlepool & District Hospice, Multiple Sclerosis Research Into Childhood MS, the Backup Trust spinal injury charity and Peterlee Scouts.

The Star reported earlier in the year that Alex, along with his friend Lewis Pearn, nine, raised £860, by climbing up Skiddaw, in the Lake District, which at 3,054ft is the fourth highest mountain in England.

Alex and Lewis were joined on the climb by David, Alex’s brother Richard, 25, and Lewis’s dad Wayne, 40.

Alex is currently training for yet another gruelling challenge with his father later in the year when they plan to climb Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in England, at a height of 3,117ft.

There is still time to sponsor Alex, and anyone wishing to do so can call Wendy Jeffries, the Mayor’s secretary, on (0191) 5862491.