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James swings into action to help poor

Six year old James singleton was a superhero in arranging a family fun day at Bamber Bridge Methodist Church to raise money for poor children in India.

Six year old James singleton was a superhero in arranging a family fun day at Bamber Bridge Methodist Church to raise money for poor children in India.

A caring six-year-old turned into a superhero to zoom to the aid of poor children in India.

James Singleton swung into action after hearing millions of youngsters go hungry every day on the subcontinent.

He came up with an idea for a fund-raising family fun day at his school and church in Bamber Bridge.

And mum Sarah confessed: “He’s quite an amazing little boy, even if I say so myself.

“For a child of his age to be so caring is quite unusual.”

James attends Cuerden Church School and won the “Caring Pupil of the Year” award last year while he was still in reception class.

Cuerden and the adjacent Bamber Bridge Methodist Church support a school in a remote village in India, raising cash to fund teachers and buy uniforms for the children.

“James first mentioned the children in India when he started going to school,” revealed his mum at home in Jackson Street. “Someone gave him a pound and he told me to ‘give it to the children who don’t have anything’.

“I’m an outreach worker with young children and families and James’ dad is a care worker, so I suppose you could call us a caring family.

“We attend church and we have tried to encourage James to be caring, to help others.

“We tell him that he is lucky and that some children don’t have anything.

“He is always asking questions, like why don’t they have enough food and does Father Christmas not visit these children in India? When he sees poor children on TV it upsets him. He is very concerned about them and it must have touched his heart. He was in the bath when he came up with the idea of a family fun day to help these poor children.

“Everybody rallied round and it was a tremendous effort.

“The fact that it was thought up by a six-year-old child seemed to mean more.”

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