SCHOOLBOY Ethan Guthrie went without treats for a whole month so he could help raise money for treats for children and their families who have lost a loved one in action with the armed forces.
Ten-year-old Ethan, a former pupil at Marshland St James primary school, ditched the sweets and fizzy drinks from November 24 to Christmas Eve to raise cash for locally-based charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
The charity was set up by Nikki Scott in memory of her husband Lee who was killed in action with the army in Afghanistan in 2009.
The aim of the charity is to provide treats, trips and activities for the children and their families who have lost a loved one in action.
Ethan’s proud mum Lorraine explained the idea to give up sweets and to only drink water was entirely Ethan’s and that he had been determined to complete his self-imposed ban.
“We were talking about not drinking enough water one day when Ethan just turned round and said he was going to give up fizzy drinks, squash and juice as well as sweets and would ask people to sponsor him so he could raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers,” explained Lorraine, who added the family now live near Thetford.
He knew about the charity because he went to school with Nikki’s son Kai.
Ethan, who presented a cheque for £281.10 too Nikki on Thursday, said it had been hard to give up his treats to start with but had got easier as the challenge went on.