South Shields boy turns bedroom into winter wonderland to raise cash for hospice

Dylan Simpson, aged 10 ' pictured with four-month-old sister Ava ' handed over �57 to St Clare's Hospice after decorating his bedroom as a winter wonderland and charging his family members to look around.
Dylan Simpson, aged 10 ' pictured with four-month-old sister Ava ' handed over �57 to St Clare's Hospice after decorating his bedroom as a winter wonderland and charging his family members to look around.

A kind-hearted youngster transformed his bedroom into a winter wonderland to raise funds for a South Tyneside hospice.

Dylan Simpson, 10, decorated his bedroom at his home in The Nook, South Shields, with trees, festive lights, and anything he could get his hands.

He said he wanted to raise money to help the hospice and asked everyone to make a donation before coming in to see his bedroom. He said they didn’t have to if they didn’t have any money but that it would all go to St Clare’s.

Jill Simpson, Dylan’s mum

The Westoe Crown Primary School pupil, who lives with mum Jill, dad Richard and baby sister Ava, three-months, then invited his friends and family to come inside for a look, asking them to make a donation to St Clare’s Hospice on the door.

The youngster raised £57.60 and paid a visit to the hospice, in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, after school yesterday to hand over the cash.

Support worker Jill, 32, said: “His room was covered in trees, lights and decorations that he’s collected over the years. Every time we try to throw an old decoration away, he won’t let us, he keeps it for himself and even goes out with his pocket money in the January sales to buy more. He did it like this last year too.

“He asked about local charities and I told him about St Clare’s and that my nana Vera Grant used to work there.

“He said he wanted to raise money to help the hospice and asked everyone to make a donation before coming in to see his bedroom. He said they didn’t have to if they didn’t have any money but that it would all go to St Clare’s.

“I’m so proud of him, he always thinks of others.”

Dylan’s displays of kindness have made his parents extremely proud.

Jill added: “When I was pregnant with Ava he saved up all his pocket money and had £130 when we found out it was a girl, and he went out and bought her a little jacket and started making up a hamper with talc and things in.

“I told him he should be spending his money on himself, but he said it was for his little sister. He’s just such a caring little boy.”

St Clare’s Hospice provides palliative care to the people of South Tyneside with life-limiting illnesses.