Ethan's tea party boost for charity
BIG-HEARTED Ethan Templeton was so touched when a charity gave a talk at his school that he was inspired to raise cash to help.
The 12-year-old decided to host a tea party in aid of Lepra, to help its bid to fight diseases of poverty.
He roped his dad Danny in to bake cakes, which he auctioned off and persuaded mum Shauna and little brother Owen to help send out invitations to friends and family, and decorate their house with Lepra posters.
On the day, Ethan, from Saltash, charged his guests £3 entry for a cream tea.
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He gave a speech to his guests – despite being in agony after having teeth out that day – and urged everyone to dig deep.
Among the cakes auctioned were chocolate cakes, raspberry roulade and iced fingers.
In total Ethan raised £109 and donated £10 of his own birthday money.
Mum Shauna said: "We're so proud of him. He even pre-recorded his speech in case he was in too much pain after the dentist."
Barbara Tinsley, the Lepra fundraiser who visited Ethan and his classmates at Devonport High School for Boys, said: "It was such a wonderful surprise to find that Ethan had done this on his own initiative and lovely to hear his story. Young fundraisers like Ethan make it possible for us to fight disease, poverty and prejudice.
"We are extremely grateful."