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Paper torch fundraiser and sister to switch on lights

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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A YOUNGSTER from Chard whose paper Olympic torch has raised thousands of pounds for charity is switching on the town's Christmas lights.

Logan McKerrow, 6, and his sister Tamsin, 8, are switching on the lights alongside Redstart Primary School pupil Beth Maidment, 10, who designed the logo for the event.

Since creating a paper Olympic torch at school, Logan and his mum, Kerry, have raised more than £25,000 for Hearing Dogs for Children after putting it on eBay – it has travelled the country with the buyers.

Logan and his family have appeared on television, met Prime Minister David Cameron, football legend David Beckham and The Princess Royal.

He and his mum were honoured as Ambassadors of the Year at the Specsavers Hearing Dogs Awards last month, and Logan is also a finalist in the Western Gazette's YoungStars Awards. With the help of his sister he is now set to kick off Christmas in his home town.

The lights are being switched on in Chard on Friday, November 30, at 6.30pm.

Garry Shortland, chairman of Chard Town Team which is organising the event, said more people are taking part and there will be more Christmas lights this year.

He said: "It's going to be a great event. We're working to get people into the town, it's all about giving businesses a good economic start for Christmas. We're also planning events for each Saturday after the switch-on up until Christmas."

The switch-on will include late night shopping and a treasure hunt for children ending at Santa's grotto. There will also be a fair with seasonal food and a Community Activity Bus with Yarlington Housing Group.

Children can also take part in a tree decoration competition.

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