Choc champion Blake wants young carers to know they are not alone
PUBLISHED: 14:41 28 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:38 28 November 2019
A caring 11-year-old boy has collected hundreds of chocolate selection boxes for Suffolk young carers this Christmas.
Blake Leonard, from Long Melford, won't take a selection box for himself, but has made sure close to 500 other young carers will have one through his Chocs for Champs initiative.
Blake, a pupil at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, cares for mum Libby who suffers with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), which means her disability is steadily getting worse.
Libby, 40, said: "It is very lonely for him as a young carer. It can be quite an isolating life. He just wants them to know someone is thinking of them and someone understands what they are doing is a hard job and they have that bit of support."
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Blake enjoyed "amazing" support at Easter when he collected nearly 500 Easter eggs for young carers in Suffolk, distributed through the Suffolk Family Carers charity.
And the response for his festive campaign has also been "overwhelming", Libby said, adding a large donation had been made by QD Stores in Sudbury.
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Other businesses and organisations, Blake's secondary school and former primary school plus family and friends have also got behind the initiative by becoming drop-off points or providing selection boxes.
Once again Suffolk Family Carers, which Blake is registered with, will ensure the treats get out to young carers across the county.
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Libby added: "It's just his way of giving something back. He's had so many good opportunities since he's been registered at Suffolk Family Carers. It's his way of saying thank you to them as well.
"He recognises they have had a huge impact on his life. He just wants to pay it forward and do something kind."
Libby spoke of Blake's ambition for Chocs for Champs, adding his hope is for every young carer - eventually right across the country - to have a chocolate treat at Easter and Christmas.
"He's so passionate about it to the point even now when people donate selection boxes he still gets teared up," she said.
-Search for Chocs for Champs on Facebook.
- For more information about Suffolk Family Carers see here.