THIS young resident has been busy selling pencils to residents in order to raise funds for a hospice charity, raising more than £500 so far.

Sebastian Sly, aged seven years and from Earley, has successfully raised more than £580 for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, by selling personalised pencils to residents nearby.

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Mum, Tiffany, praised her son’s fundraising activities: “We are so proud of him that he took the initiative to raise some money for charity and thought of such a successful way of doing so.

“Everyone has been so engaging and keen to support the charity and we couldn’t thank them more.”

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Master Sly has successfully sold more than 300 pencils, using a fishing net to make transactions while social distancing.

Alexander Devine Fundraising Manager, Harjit Bola, said: “Thank you so much to Sebastian for all his hard work.”