Richard’s collecting boosts charities

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A BOY with a fascination for collecting has put his interest to good use by raising almost £100 for charity since the start of the year.

Fifteen-year-old Richard Watts, who has autism, says he has enjoyed collecting coins for about four years and last year, after seeing advertisements for charities on television, in shop windows around town and in newspapers, he selected seven worthy causes to donate £302 that he had collected.

This year, having added another charity to the list, he hopes to raise more and is well on his way, having already collected £89.

“It’s interesting how many pounds I can make out of coppers,” he said.

Teachers at Priory School, in Bury St Edmunds, where Richard is a pupil, say they are pleased at the positive effect his charitable hobby has had on his maths skills.

A collection bucket sits in the school’s reception area and non-uniform days have been held to assist with Richard’s success.

He has even started donating unclaimed items from the school’s lost property section to charity shops in Bury.

The charities he is collecting for are: Help For Heroes, Smile Train, RSCPA, Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation, Oxfam, Home Farm Trust and Infobar.