An inspirational local fundraiser has received recognition for his outstanding charity endeavours.
After raising nearly £8,000 and sleeping in a tent for 365 days, Alton College student Will Grange, a former pupil at The Petersfield School, was presented with a special British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Award for Fundraising at the House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster.
The annual awards celebrate extraordinary young people aged 25 and under who make a huge difference to other people’s lives across the UK.
There are four award categories: fundraising, first aid, community action and volunteering. Will was nominated by his Duke of Edinburgh instructor for his continued fundraising efforts.
He raised £7,000 to re-build the local Scout hut in Sheet by sleeping out in a tent in his garden for an entire year. He also raised £300 for premature babies, having been born at 28 weeks himself and needing 100 days of special care, by cycling from Winchester to Eastbourne along the South Downs Way. He then raised £650 for Lymphoma and Leukaemia, something that his Grandma was affected by, cycling from Winchester to Eastbourne and back again.
This year, there were 130 nominations from across the UK, reduced to a shortlist of 16, all of which were invited to an awards lunch. The winners were then presented with their awards and a unique cartoon-style picture depicting their individual endeavours.
Will said: “I am delighted with this accolade, and was very surprised to win. I am proud of my fundraising efforts and enjoy doing things to help people.”
He is planning a possible London to Paris bike ride to raise money to support those affected by the recent Paris attacks.
After he leaves college, Will hopes to study Sports Science at Loughborough University, where he is sure to also continue fundraising.