Caleb Richardson is a real-life superhero. The 11-year-old from Scothern has raised over £1200 for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice through various fundraising activities and started when he was just 7 years old.
St Barnabas Hospice is the leading charity in Lincolnshire providing palliative and end-of-life care to adults living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.
Caleb even received an award from St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice themselves to congratulate his efforts; a colour dash, a marathon of activities, a sticker-a-thon as well as creating a pop-up library in his front porch for the local community of Scothern.
He doesn’t stop there – Caleb has even supported the charity by leafleting, packing down their Christmas Emporium stall, and by making the charity’s staff and volunteers bacon sandwiches when they received 50 tonnes of donated items through lockdown.
This youngster is making a huge impact, and those who know him are incredibly proud. Step-Mum, Emma-Jayne, who works for St Barnabas said, “He is a really good boy, and we hope he can encourage other people to give back, and to make people aware that some are less fortunate than others and anything you can do to help them and give them a better end of life care is what’s most important.”
Hearing Step-Mum talk about how much money the hospice was predicted to lose during the first lockdown due to event cancellations and the closure of shops, Caleb was desperate to help. That is when he decided to do a sticker-a-thon – after setting up a JustGiving page and proceeding to stick 13,000 stickers onto cards to sell for the charity, Caleb managed to raise nearly £300.
During his marathon of activities, Caleb did something different for each mile – he rode a bike for a mile, walked backwards for a mile, played wheelchair basketball for the equivalent of a mile, and for the last 2 miles even received a ride in a fire engine as well as a flight in a 2-seater aircraft.
Caleb would like to encourage more people, young and old, to get involved, “It is important to give back to the community and raising money from activities can improve people’s lives – with donating just £7.82 you could make sure somebody can have a Christmas dinner.”
It is the 40th anniversary for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice next year, and Caleb has some big plans for raising as much money as he can.
Throughout this festive period and beyond, we could all take a leaf out of Caleb’s book and look at how we can support others in our local communities and really make a difference to those in need.