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James collecting a penny at a time

James Gibbs working on his penny mile for charity outside Sainsbury's in Market Harborough

James Gibbs working on his penny mile for charity outside Sainsbury's in Market Harborough

 

An Explorer Scout sat for three hours outside a town supermarket to collect penny donations for a charity project.

James Gibbs stationed himself outside Sainsbury’s in St Mary’s Place, Harborough, on Saturday, as part of his bid to create a penny mile, by collecting as many coppers off people as possible.

The 14-year-old, who has ADHD and autism, was raising funds for a support group for autistic people in Harborough called Spectrum Market Harborough, as well as ADHD Solutions.

He is working towards his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and as part of the volunteering section of the challenge is doing the penny mile and collecting clothes donations for Cash4Clothes in Harborough to raise money for the same two deserving causes.

Although he wasn’t able to collect a mile’s worth of coins, he did raise nearly £250 for the causes.

The teenager thanked the people of Harborough for supporting him and also said a big thank you to Sainsbury’s for allowing him to carry out the challenge there.

 

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