AN INSPIRATIONAL 10 year-old boy is taking on 12 events in 12 months for the RSPCA.
Owen Marlowe, from Southport, has already completed a five-mile walk and a 15-mile bike ride to raise money for the charity, as well as a litter pick on Ainsdale Beach.
His mum, Tamsin Marlowe, said: “In the middle of lockdown, Owen had seen some of the RSPCA adverts on the TV and had become really upset thinking that anyone could treat an animal with such cruelty. He came to me and his dad and said he wanted to start raising money for the RSPCA to help the animals. So we sat down one evening and created his Justgiving page and it started to rollercoaster from there!
“Owen knew he didn’t want to just do the one event so we decided on 12 events in 12 months. I think with everything that has been going on during the COVID-19 pandemic, this has given him something positive to focus on too.”
Tamsin explained that Owen is very close to their family dog Molly, a four-year-old black cockapoo who was sadly injured in a golfing accident a year ago resulting in her needing lots of vet care and operations.
This had a huge impact on the family, especially Owen who started his fundraising challenge on the anniversary of her accident - his 10th birthday. Thankfully, Molly is back to full health and doing well now.
Owen and his friend Kiera Seed recently completed their third challenge, a litter pick on Ainsdale Beach. They collected a range of rubbish including flip flops, dummies, a scooter and several used fireworks and managed to fill two bin bags full of litter.
Tamsin added: “They both did a great job on Sunday. It was important to them as they want to look after the environment and in turn the animals who live there, so as parents we feel very proud of them.”
Following the litter pick, Owen and Kiera now plan on completing two more events before Christmas and hope to raise £800 before the end of the year, as well as donating pet food to their local RSPCA. To add to Owen’s donations, go to https://is.gd/Ign568
- As well as this, tickets are now on sale for the RSPCA Christmas Raffle, which will be drawn at 2pm at the Animal Centre on New Cut Lane on December 11.
The prizes include a 32” SMART TV, designer handbags, luxury hampers, champagne, a bicycle, children's gifts and vouchers.
Call the RSPCA on 01704 567624 to purchase £1 tickets.