NSPCC praises ‘wonderful’ Exmouth schoolboy for fundraising over a thousand pounds

Henry Murdoch setting out on the 30-mile challenge with granddad Alan. Picture contributed.

Henry Murdoch setting out on the 30-mile challenge with granddad Alan. Picture contributed. - Credit: Contributed

A national children’s charity has praised a nine year-old Exmouth boy for single-handedly fundraising over a thousand pounds with a series of tough challenges.

On Saturday, June 9, Henry Murdoch, from Brixington, cycled 30 miles from Orcombe Point, to Exeter’s Turf Hotel and back again, with granddad Alan Murdoch.

The pair raised more than £455 for the NSPCC (National Society for the Protection of Children), making this the third challenge Brixington Primary Academy pupil Henry has completed for the charity.

The NSPCC has praised Henry’s ‘wonderful’ efforts, which have raised a total of £1157.50.

Mum, Natalie Murdoch, said: “He’s a very caring little boy and wanted to do something to help other little children; I am so, so proud of him, I really am.

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“He doesn’t want teachers at school to know about it; it makes me even more proud because he’s not doing it for attention, he’s just doing it because he wants to help.”

The NSPCC’s regional head of service South West, Sharon Copsey, said: “It’s really wonderful to have the support of Henry, who has raised a fantastic amount for our charity with his fundraising efforts.

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“We rely on our supporters for around 90 per cent of our income and without them our work to fight for every childhood simply wouldn’t be possible.

“It is the generous support of fundraisers like Henry who believe in our work that allow our team of dedicated staff and volunteers to help protect children from abuse and neglect.

“The money Henry has raised will help the NSPCC make children and young people safer and we are grateful for his efforts and for the work of all of our fundraisers.”

Although ‘tired and achey’ after the ride, Henry is already in the process of planning how he can raise more money next year, with one idea being a clifftop walk.

Natalie thanked everyone who has donated so far, including friends, family and Alan’s employer, Devon Fencing Centre.

To make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/henrymurdoch1Any young person can contact Childline free, on 0800 1111 or childline.org.uk and Adults concerned about a child’s safety can contact the NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000 or nspcc.org.uk

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