Brave Sizwe is game to help burns vic­tims

Teen plans to raise cash at Mo­nop­oly Moon­walk

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Sean Davies ed­i­to­ri­alun­bridge@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

A HILLING­DON burns vic­tim is do­ing his bit for char­ity as he at­tempts to raise £9,000 for life chang­ing surgery for an eight-year-old girl.

Sizwe Jones, 15, suf­fered se­vere burns as a child but has now turned his at­ten­tion to help­ing oth­ers through the Chil­dren of Fire char­ity and by tak­ing part in the Mo­nop­oly Moon­walk on Septem­ber 2.

The North­wood School stu­dent was set alight by his bi­o­log­i­cal mother re­sult­ing in a num­ber of life-chang­ing op­er­a­tions and was later adopted by char­ity founder Bron­wen Jones.

A spokesper­son for the char­ity said: “It’s amaz­ing how Sizwe has come to ac­cept who he is and has moved on from be­ing both­ered by the stares of the pub­lic. It’s a great thing that he recog­nises that there are other peo­ple who need help and he gives his time vol­un­tar­ily.”

The walk will com­mem­o­rate the 350th an­niver­sary of the Great Fire of Lon­don and raise money for the char­ity but Sizwe has the per­sonal goal of rais­ing enough for surgery for his friend, Pelu­cia Jones, who suf­fered burns to her hands and face as a baby.

The Mo­nop­oly Moon­walk – called GreatFire350 – in­vites any­one to join the chil­dren in walk­ing the 20km route with the ob­jec­tive of tak­ing a selfie at each Mo­nop­oly Game street or other key land­mark on the board.

Last year’s event raised £1,693.31 through bucket col­lec­tions on the day but the char­ity is hop­ing to go above and be­yond that this year.

Sizwe is also a prom­i­nent part of the char­ity and spends ev­ery Satur­day work­ing with the North­wood Lions Club at its fundrais­ing mar­ket stalls.

Chil­dren of Fire sources med­i­cal treat­ment and pro­vides education, care and sup­port for child burns vic­tims.

n HELP­ING OTH­ERS: North­wood School pupil Sizwe Jones, 15, is walk­ing for the Chil­dren of Fire char­ity

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