Boy, 10, who carries out random acts of kindness raises £10,000 in mum’s memory

A 10-year-old boy who carries out amazing acts of kindness in memory of his late mum has raised more than £10,000 for charity.

Harvey Hughes-Sharps hit the headlines this week when he handed an envelope containing £5 to diners Ashleigh Perks, 25, and Jack Nixon, 26, who were enjoying a meal at The Oak Tree in Chester.

The couple, from Flintshire, Wales, were taken aback when they discovered the youngster had given his own cash towards their meal, explaining in a handwritten note it was in memory of his mum Rachel Hughes, who died six years ago from ovarian cancer.

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The boy's family always go out for a meal on the anniversary of his mum's death and for the past three years he has carried out this act of kindness.

But Harvey's incredible generosity doesn't end there, as in the six years since his mum died the youngster has raised £10,000 for a range of charities – doing everything from a sponsored piano-thon to donating Easter eggs and charging other children to play in a den in his garden.

Harvey's stepmum Katherine Robinson-Sharps, 40, said: "It's all about keeping the memory of Harvey's mum alive – she's an important person to him and she'll always be an important part of his story.

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"For Harvey, showing love to others with random acts of kindness is a way of honouring the love his mum had for him.

"It doesn't have to be about sadness, it's just about love.

"He's taught me a lot about life and brings out the best in people, he is an amazing little boy."

After Harvey gave the card to Ashleigh and Jack, the couple, who were left tearful, went to find him and his family to thank him his act of kindness before asking for a photo to share online to commend his gesture – where it quickly went viral, racking up thousands of likes and shares.

Harvey's card to the couple included five £1 coins and read: "In memory of my mum who passed away six years ago today.

"She was a very loving, caring and kind person who worked as a social worker.

"Please accept some money towards your food bill. Have fun with your family."

In 2016, on his 7th birthday, Harvey gave up birthday presents to raise money for The Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford, Chester, where his mum was cared for, by asking friends and family to donate to them instead of buying him a gift.

His regular donations even led him to win an award from the hospice, where he was presented a glass trophy with a picture of him and his mum.

Last year Harvey fundraised for Children in Need by playing the piano non-stop and Save the Children by building an outdoor den he charged children to come inside.

In the past he has also done a sponsored cycle and donated Easter eggs, raising cash for Macmillan, children's hospice Claire House and ovarian and brain cancer charities.

Katherine added: "Every year we always celebrate Rachel's life on her birthday and on the day she passed away.

"We go out for a meal to remember her and for the last three years Harvey has picked a couple to give a card to.

"We have talked about how he is passing on his Mum's love for him through his act of kindness.

"Harvey is an incredibly empathetic child, but is quite shy, so for him, actually physically approaching someone to carry out the random act of kindness is harder than the idea of giving something away."

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