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Ryan Bickle’s Story


Ryan Bickle’s Story

"I want to inspire other children to think about helping others a bit more."

Kind-hearted Ryan Bickle - a pupil at Victoria Academy - is just ten years old and already fundraising for many charities including St Mary’s Hospice. Ryan’s efforts have met with royal approval as in November 2015 he met Prince Charles who was keen to listen to Ryan’s achievements! Ryan came up with his family to our Orangery café to talk about what he has been up to …

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Inspired by his grandad Jeff Bickle and Grandma Jean, Ryan started out with selling home-made lemonade, a jumble sale and making loom bands – helped by sister Libby - to raise money for St Mary’s Hospice and Children in Need.

Ryan said: “My Grandad was one of my favourite people to spend time with. When he died I cried for days. I decided that I should do something to help other people who had the illness my Grandad had so I had a jumble sale and made money for the hospice.”

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So far Ryan’s efforts have raised £83 for our hospice which means that as £1.50 covers the average petrol cost for a Hospice at Home visit, and £8.30 a meal on our Inpatient Unit, Ryan’s efforts have enabled petrol for 11 visits and 8 delicious meals. And importantly to Ryan for more people to benefit from Hospice care.

Ryan also donates toys and clothes no longer needed when he clears his room out to the Hospice too, adding: "I want to inspire other children to think about helping others a bit more."

Following on from Ryan’s fundraising activity, Ryan’s teacher nominated him for the “Step up to Serve “and become an #iwill ambassador for the Prince's Trust. Ryan is one of the youngest to achieve this honour and only one of 50 children across the country, with the idea that he will encourage other children to make a difference. This meant that Ryan met Prince Charles: “I was excited and nervous. “ He also met “funny and friendly” rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio and Susannah Reid: “The prettiest woman in the whole world! She is down to earth and has a lovely smile.”

Ryan’s dad, Andy Bickle said: “I was proud of Ryan being recognised for what he had done. He is always thinking of other people. He has a kind heart. Even Ryan’s teacher calls him Mr Positive!”

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Ryan’s grandma added: “We are very proud of him. His grandad would be very proud.” Ryan said: “"If everyone was nice to each other the world would be a better place.”

A big thank you to Ryan for thinking of others and helping to enable more patients and their families to have comfort, care and support from St Mary’s Hospice.

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