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Lincoln boy tots up £330 food shop for charity

The five-year-old who recently went on a bike ride in an attempt to raise money for Lincoln food banks has now set sights on even bigger challenges: collecting £330 worth of groceries for charity.

Theo Hayes, who is a pupil at Fosseway Primary School, took part in an eight mile bike ride for local food banks on April 5, with the help of his school friends Ethan Waby and Ollie Walling.

Local businesses and Lincoln residents pledged to sponsor the group ahead of the event, and donations continued to flow following Theo’s story.

After collecting a total of £330, Theo and mum Tami Hayes took a trip to Lincoln Asda, who also donated a £10 gift card.

The shop included basic essentials such as cereals, long-life products, tea bags and juices.

Theo's shopping receipt was almost as tall as him.
Theo’s shopping receipt was almost as tall as him.

The haul, which created a receipt as tall as Theo, was then donated to the Trussell Trust food bank in Lincoln.

Tami Hayes said: “We had the Trussell Trust head office ring up and they want to do a piece on him for their newsletter, as they think what he has done for them is fantastic.

“We are just so proud and cannot believe he has done it and wants to carry on; we are going to set up a Just Giving page.

“Theo has said he wants to do something else and has a list of things to do. We are going to speak to the school as we would like to do a car boot sale where we charge people £5 per car but we need the school playing field.”

Theo receiving an official shopping list from the Trussell Trust.
Theo receiving an official shopping list from the Trussell Trust.