Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Lego honour for boy's charity work

Jack Covill-Lowndes, who has raised thousands of pounds for charity since he lost his mother to cancer, with his Lego counterpart

A 10-year-old boy who has raised thousands of pounds for charity since he lost his mother to cancer has been immortalised in Lego.

Jack Covill-Lowndes, from Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, was nominated by his family in a competition run by Legoland to find a true life hero.

The Magdalen School pupil has raised thousands of pounds for charity since his mother Steph lost her fight with cancer in 2006.

Jack beat thousands of other nominees to be named Lego City Hero and today came face-to-face with a life-size Lego version of himself at Legoland in Windsor.

Around 35,000 of the famous Lego bricks were used to build the statue of 4ft 6ins Jack.

Jack's aunt and guardian Tamara Lowndes put him forward due to his continued support and fundraising on behalf of St Barnabas Hospice, which cared for his mother.

After the figure was unveiled, Jack said: "It's awesome. They've even made the same clothes I was wearing out of Lego - I can't stop looking at my statue!"

The figure will remain at Legoland in Windsor until the end of September before being sent to Jack's house for him to keep.

Ms Lowndes said: "It's fantastic - but I've no idea where I can keep it. Jack wants it in his bedroom but I think that it'll make a great garden ornament!"

Harry Harrison, from Lego, said: "Jack's story really captured the essence of a real-life, everyday hero.

"He's a real inspiration - and to be immortalised in Lego is befitting of his amazing outlook and achievements."

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