Worstead youngster collects thousands of bottle tops to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices Quidenham centre
PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 March 2015
Archant Norfolk 2015
The mother of a terminally ill child has said thanks a million to her nephew who has collected bottle tops for the hospice which cares for her son.
Levi Shreeve, eight, from Worstead near North Walsham, has saved nearly a quarter of a tonne of the plastic tops - an estimated 1m - in just over two years.
The plastic will be weighed and exchanged for money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Quidenham base in Norfolk.
Levi’s cousin Oakley Fitzgerald, six, from Norwich, was born with hydrocephalus - a build up of fluid on the brain - and now needs constant care.
He has since developed epilepsy, cerebral palsy, blindness and deafness and has been looked after at Quidenham once a month and by EACH carers at home since he was one.
His mother, Amanda Fitzgerald, said: “It is amazing what Levi has done. It is lovely that he recognised why he was collecting the tops. He wanted to do it for his cousin. To know the little ones care that much is lovely.
“Although Oakley doesn’t understand voices he recognises voices and it is lovely for him to feel part of the family.”
She added: “EACH has been a lifesaver. It is fantastic.”
Levi started his collection when his family saved a few plastic bottle tops for EACH two-and-a-half-years-ago.
His father, Colin Shreeve, 31, a full-time carer, said: “He was mad about it and wanted more and more.”
Originally Levi wanted to collect enough tops to fill one box but he has increased his haul by donations from his school, Worstead primary, the Rainbow Children’s Nursery in the village and family and friends.
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