‘Amazing’ Len’nee helps school’s refugee appeal

Len'nee Simpson
Len'nee Simpson

When it comes to helping others schoolboy Len’nee Simpson is in a different class.

Len’nee earned an A* for generosity after King Edward VI Academy in Spilsby asked pupils to donate items for people living in the Calais refugee camp.

Talented singer Len’nee used money earned from busking to provide more than 300 tins of soup, bags of clothes, toys, toothbrushes, and torches .

The kind-hearted 12- year-old amazed staff at the school with his response to the appeal.

Extra space had to be found to store all the items which are due to be delivered to the camp early next month.

Len’nee previously used money raised from busking to provide a circus trip for youngsters staying at the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness.

He was inspired to help the refugee living in the makeshift camps after vice-principal Andy Carrington talked about their plight during assembly.

Andy explained: “Science technician Caroline Robinson had seen a lot of coverage of the refugee crisis and asked if we could do something in school to help.

“I gave a list to the kids of all the things the refugees need if they wanted to donate anything.

“The next day we had a phone call from Len’nee’s mum who said they had some items to bring in for the refugees.

“I could not believe it when she told me there was more than 300 tins of soup. We had to store it in in a garage there was so much stuff.”

He added: “Len’nee is an amazing young man, who every single day puts other people before himself.

“His first thought is always for others and how he can enrich their lives.

“There has been a good response to the appeal from the students and Len’nee’s contribution must be one of the biggest anywhere.”

Len’nee’s dad Tony ordered the items online from Derek Meeds Foods near Boston. He then had to drive to the store to collect them as the delivery date was too late for the goods to be sent from the school.

Len’nee is one of King Edward’s team of student ambassadors and a cuddly toy dinosaur that he donated for a school raffle earlier this year has been adopted as the academy’s mascot.

A regular performer at weekends near the RNLI lifeboat station in Skegness, he has paid for singer Angela Fisher to perform at the town’s Woodside Care Home this week and is collecting clothing and sweets for the Help for Heroes charity.

Mum Karen said: “Len’nee has always been encouraged to help others and wants to put a smile on everybody’s face.

“Life is for living, and being happy not existing.”