Young fundraiser Louis up for award

A young Wolverhampton fundraiser has been nominated as a Positive Role Model in the National Diversity Awards and hopes to complete a charity walk next month.

Louis Johnson keeps his fingers crossed after being nominated as a positive role model in the National Diversity Awards
Louis Johnson keeps his fingers crossed after being nominated as a positive role model in the National Diversity Awards

Louis Johnson, aged 14, from Tettenhall Wood, has so far raised more than £13,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

He has also managed to raise more than £35,000 for a number of different charities.

Louis, who is asthmatic and suffers from pectus excavatum, had been due to walk from Tettenhall to the hospital in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity on April 11 but was forced to cancel the walk due to coronavirus.

However, the Smestow School pupil is now planning to do the walk of more than 16 miles on May 29.

He completed a similar fundraising walk two years ago in about six hours.

His mother, Teresa, said: “He’s done raffles, tombolas and lots of walks. He just wants to do it to help all of the children at the hospital.

“It’s amazing that he has raised more than £13,000 for the hospital, and in June he will have been doing fundraising for ten years.

“Now he has been nominated as a Positive Role Model in his age group in award in the National Diversity Awards and if people vote for him and he is shortlisted he could go forward for an award next year.

“Louis wants to say thank you to everybody for supporting him and hopefully he can do the walk in May.”

In April last year, Louis was named as one of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s Hundred Heroes in recognition of his fundraising for the charity.

He has also been named as one of the charity’s ambassadors.

By Sue Smith

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