Little Andrew’s jar full of kindness

Two-year-old Andrew Brown has collected for The Gazette's Hospice Heroes appeal.
Two-year-old Andrew Brown has collected for The Gazette's Hospice Heroes appeal.
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“It’s too heavy,” cries two-year-old Andrew Brown, clutching the jam jar he’s filled with coins for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.

The toddler is the youngest member of the Jam Jar Army, helping to raise £200,000 for Trinity Hospice and Brian House.

Hospice Heroes - Jam Jar Army

Hospice Heroes - Jam Jar Army

Since parents Julia and Keith told Andrew about helping others, he has been collecting coppers while playing out on his scooter.

And sometimes ‘borrowing’ pound coins from big brother Jordan, 17, to raise a grand total of £5.59 - not a bad effort for someone so young.

Proud dad Keith, 40, said: “It’s nice to do something for other people.

“I know he’s only two but hopefully when he’s older this will be something he carries on.

“It’s just trying to make him be aware, it’s like a growing up thing: being kind to people, learning to share, and helping people where you can.”

The family, of Ensign Court, St Annes, have been touched by the work of Trinity Hospice after family friend Andrew Hoy, who young Andrew was named after, was treated at the palliative care unit on Low Moor Road, Bispham, five years ago.

And they are big supporters of cancer charities after Keith lost his mum, Rosemary, at the age of just 56, to the disease.

Keith added: “Trinity has always been one of those charities we give to, we think this campaign is fantastic.”

DETAILS OF HOW YOU CAN DONATE OR GET INVOLVED ARE LISTED ON OUR DEDICATED HOSPICE HEROES PAGE.