First winners of Maltings Community Heroes 2016 revealed
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Two inspiring young people have been commended for their charitable efforts in The Maltings Community Heroes Awards.
Ben Brown, 13, a Year 9 pupil at Verulam School, scooped the award, which is run in association with The Maltings shopping centre, after raising more than £350 for charity.
Ben busked with his saxophone for five hours at The Maltings for the ‘Stop The Traffik’ movement, which campaigns against human trafficking.
The donated money added to the funds already raised by his school for the movement.
Upon receiving his award at a ceremony on Friday (8), Ben said: “I thought this was a really good charity that not a lot of people have heard of so I wanted to raise money as well as awareness.
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“I was really happy when I found out I had won the award because it was a real surprise.”
Seven year old Chloe Godden, also won an award after cutting off her hair for charity and raising more than £1,200, despite only having a £50 target.
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Chloe raised the money for the Cystic Fibrosis care unit at Frimley Park, which has been used by her father, who suffers from the condition.
She also donated her hair to the ‘Little Princess Trust’, which helps to provide wigs to young people suffering with hair loss.
Chloe’s grandma, Anne Swallow, and grandfather, Keith Swallow, accepted the award on her behalf as she was away on holiday.
Anne said: “She does know about the award and she’s very excited but also really disappointed she can’t be here.”
Chloe has a twin brother, Harry, and Anne believes this won’t be the last of the fundraising ventures.
She added: “I think they’ll get over this one and I wouldn’t be surprised if maybe Harry will doing something soon. I think because of their father’s condition the fundraising will be ongoing for the whole family.
She continued:“We didn’t actually at the time think an awful lot of it until it started to snowball with the donations.”
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