The Scarborough News

Award for Walter, a little ray of sunshine

- By Sarah Fitton @thescarbor­onews

A caring Scarboroug­h boy who walked 111 miles to raise money for the hospice that cared for his dad has been recognised for his kindness.

Six-year-old Walter McNeil, of Staxton, has been chosen for a Morrisons Little Sunshine award by the supermarke­t’s Eastfield store.

The title is part of a Morrisons campaign to spread hope and happiness as the country recovers from the pandemic, and recognise the efforts of those who have gone the extra mile.

As reported by The Scarboroug­h News, Walter lost his dad Paul, 38, two years ago following a battle with cancer.

After talking to his mum, Juliet, they decided to raise money for Saint Catherine’s by taking on a walking challenge.

The Hertford Vale School pupil initially intended to walk 50 miles but his end tally was more than double that at 111 miles, and he raised more than £3,000 for the charity.

Community Champion for the Scarboroug­h branch of the supermarke­t, Ellie Waite, said: “Saint Catherine’s is a charity close to the hearts of so many people in this area and they do an amazing job providing support and care to families and those with life limiting illnesses.

“This last year has been so hard on us all but the children have been our true heroes. They have missed out on school and seeing their friends but have just carried on.

“Walter has shown true selflessne­ss and raised a fantastic amount for charity.

“Well done Walter, everyone at Morrisons Scarboroug­h is super proud of you.”

The Morrisons campaign will also see the store handing out postcards to school pupils and asking them to write mes

sages to residents of local care homes.

And Ellie said Morrisons wants to start a children’s book swap service in store, to boost young people’s reading, and the team are appealing for donations of children’s books.

Nationally, Morrisons is launching its own story about a young sunflower seed, and copies of this will be handed out by the supermarke­t’s staff.

Any schools who would like their students to be involved in writing the messages to care home residents or anyone with nomination­s for the Little Sunshine awards can email Ellie at champion. scarboroug­h@morrisonsp­lc.

 ??  ?? Walter McNeil and his mum Juliet.
Walter McNeil and his mum Juliet.

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