Chard youngster's paper Olympic torch success earns royal approval
A bright spark from Chard whose paper Olympic torch has raised thousands of pounds for a hearing dog charity has been recognised at its annual awards ceremony.
Logan McKerrow, 5, and his mum Kerry were honoured as Ambassadors of the Year at the Specsavers Hearing Dogs Awards.
They met Princess Anne and TV star John Barrowman who were presenting the awards at the ceremony in London.
Since creating a paper Olympic torch at school, Logan and his mum have raised more than £25,000 in bids after putting it on eBay and it has travelled the country with buyers.
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Mrs McKerrow said: “It was an amazing night. When Princess Anne gave Logan the award he said ‘can you ask your mum to buy the torch please?’ We are hoping she’s taken it on board.
“The torch is still going strong, it recently sold to its 25th owner and is covering thousands of miles.”
It has been a whirlwind year for Logan who lives at Chesterfield, Chard, with his mum, dad Andrew and sister, Tamsin, 7.
He and his family have appeared on television, met Prime Minister David Cameron and football legend David Beckham – and been invited to watch the real Olympic torch procession on Downing Street.
Logan has had a hearing puppy named after him.
The torch itself has been up and down the country and the people buying it have taken it to some amazing places.
One purchaser took it to Wembley Stadium when England played Ukraine. It travelled to the Olympic village in London where spectators and volunteers were queuing up to be photographed with it.
Logan was briefly reunited with his torch at the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Summer Show where he met Pauline Quirke and Richard Jones from the Stereophonics.
Michele Jennings, chief executive of Guide Dogs for Deaf People, said: “Ever since the charity was launched in 1982, we have relied on the generosity of the public as we are a non-government funded organisation, so to learn of such an inspiring story as Logan’s really is fantastic.
“His efforts will help to create further life-changing partnerships between deaf children and hearing dogs.”