Inspirational fundraiser Sebbie given royal recognition

An inspiring Staffordshire teenager has received royal recognition for his continuing acts of kindness to people.

Sebbie Hall handing a cheque for £1,300 to Maggi Huckfield (CEO of Liberty Jamboree), Charlotte Botterill, Maddie Meek, Megan Dixon, Sophy Soryal and Shelby Page
Sebbie Hall handing a cheque for £1,300 to Maggi Huckfield (CEO of Liberty Jamboree), Charlotte Botterill, Maddie Meek, Megan Dixon, Sophy Soryal and Shelby Page

Sebbie Hall, from Whittington, near Lichfield, has received a special correspondence from the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson.

The correspondence thanked Sebbie for his wonderful contribution during extraordinary and difficult times to help others.

Sebbie, who has a rare chromosome anomaly which has resulted in learning and physical difficulties, completed 100 acts of kindness in June to help others and has continued doing an act of kindness each day since.

Among acts of kindness the 17-year-old has done include watering flowers, walking dogs, handing out packets of biscuits and paying compliments.

He also paid for people’s washing at the launderette with his savings and paid for people’s parking.

His mother, Ashley, said she was so proud of her son for receiving this recognition and said he felt empowered by continuing his acts of kindness.

Purpose

She said: "It gives him such a sense of purpose and who he is, as well as giving him confidence which he normally lacks generally in life.

"I'm just so proud of him for doing this and wanting to continue to do more and the fact that he's realised how nice it is to be kind and how it makes other people feel."

Sebbie's work has helped to raise more than £5,000 to provide communication aids for his peers who have been living in isolation during lockdown.

Beneficiaries include Liberty Staffordshire, an organisation which works with young people with learning disabilities and which is using the money to work on physical theatre with Birmingham-based Open Theatre Group.

Ashley said Sebbie wanted to continue to do acts of kindness for as long as possible and spoke about what it meant to him.

She said: "He said that what he wants to do is help people and make them smile and it's something which has given him a reason to get up in the morning.

"It's the most exciting thing for him as after being told he wouldn't be able to do much in life, to see his raise some money from his own idea is just brilliant."

To donate to Sebbie’s Just Giving page, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sebbie-hall1

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