THOMAS Hammond was just five when he started giving up his time to help the efforts of Queen’s Hospital League of Friends.
From unloading bags and selling raffle tickets to dreaming up his own fund-raising ideas and keeping up the spirits of those around him, he has since become an integral part of the group.
Now 10, he is showing no signs of giving up any time soon.
His mum Julie, who is also a member of the group, told the Mail: “Thomas is a remarkable child. He is totally addicted to fund-raising and he has attended endless events. From setting up to taking down, Thomas has been there all the way.
“He is always commended on his politeness, helpfulness and, above all, his cheeky smile and enthusiasm.”
Thomas became involved with the group through his mum, who got involved five years ago.
As a single parent she had to take Thomas with her when she went to events at weekends.
“As time went on, it became apparent that Thomas didn’t mind and, gradually, he began wanting to help,” said Mrs Hammond, of Brizlincote Street, Stapenhill
“His confidence grew and grew and, eventually, he was waiting for the next event.”
He is due to run his own stall at fund-raising events this year.
Thomas, who attends Winshill’s Tower View Primary School, has been through a lot in his short life to get to where he is now.
He had a speech problem when he started school and was delayed in learning to read and write.
This year he has finally managed to overcome these issues and is getting up to speed with his classmates.
“Thomas has a heart of gold, and even his teachers are proud of the little boy he is. He is an inspiration to children who struggle and come out of the other side,” Mrs Hammond said.
“Our volunteers love him to pieces and will often ask to work with him as he always makes the most money. The League of Friends is his extended family.”
Thomas has been nominated for the community contribution award.