Please don’t give us presents – donate to Help For Heroes instead, say 10-year-old pals

James Martin, back, and Sam Bradshaw with their Help for Heroes thank-you letters

James Martin, back, and Sam Bradshaw with their Help for Heroes thank-you letters

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TWO best friends have raised hundreds of pounds for wounded servicemen by asking for donations to charity instead of birthday presents.

Stamford Junior School pupils James Martin and Sam Bradshaw held a joint 10th birthday party in Laserforce in Peterborough on January 22.

But James, whose birthday is on January 16, and Sam, who celebrated his birthday on January 11, were inspired to do something special with their birthday after watching a news report about soldiers returning home.

They raised a fantastic £305.

Their parents Belinda and Jim Martin, of Castle Bytham, and Charlotte and Mike Bradshaw, of Stibbington, are proud of the youngsters.

Mrs Martin said: “We are ecstatic that they wanted to do this when they are 10 years of age and the fact that their school friends have been so generous and raised the amount of money they did.

“We are very proud of them.”

James came up with the idea after watching the news report and later discussed the idea with Sam.

James said: “I was watching something on television about the people coming back from Afghanistan and I felt quite sad that they are coming back with no legs.

“I wanted to do something good for my birthday rather than have presents.”

The party was attended by 19 of the boys friends from the school.

Teacher Matthew Sutterby has also praised the boys.

He said: “When children receive so many gifts for birthdays and Christmas it is pleasing that children of a young age are thinking of others, especially those returning from war.”