Daredevil Lauren set for award

Lauren Gander
Lauren Gander

AN AWARD-winning 11-year-old has made it through to the final of a national television competition and could be crowned as the country’s kindest youngster.

Lauren Gander, who lives in Bexhill but is well-known in Eastbourne and won an Achievers Award in the town in 2008, is through to Britain’s Kindest Kid.

The show is run by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and Five News.

In recognition of their achievements Lauren and the other four finalists met Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street this week.

The competition, which is now in its fourth year, was set up to recognise and reward the charitable behaviour of children aged between five and 16.

The finalists have all demonstrated the impressive things they have done to improve the lives of others and make a real difference to the world.

Lauren has raised more than £100,000 for charity since she started fundraising two years ago.

She has taken part in lots of different types of activities including zip-wiring down a 200ft bridge and sleeping out in a local churchyard to raise funds for a homeless charity.

Lauren, who suffers from spina bifida, is also an ambassador for the children’s charities Tree of Hope and Whizz Kidz and gives speeches and presentations to raise awareness of their work.

John Low, chief executive of CAF, said, “This year we had more entries than ever before and the range of inspiring stories made it hard to choose the finalists but Lauren stood out.

“I hope her story inspires others to follow her lead.”

The stories of the five finalists will be broadcast on Five News at 5pm during the week of November 7.

The viewers will then be able to vote by phone, or online to nominate ‘Britain’s Kindest Kid’.

The winner will then be announced live on Five News on November 16.

If Lauren is successful, she will win £1,000 pocket money and £1,000 to give to the charity of their choice.