Published: 15:46, 12 July 2019
| Updated: 15:50, 12 July 2019
An eight-year-old boy has raised more than £1,300 to help build playgrounds for children in developing countries with a charity football match.
Humphrey Hamilton-Barnes was inspired to do something to help others after a fire ripped through his home in Larking Drive, Allington in April.
While it has forced his family to live in temporary accommodation as repairs are carried out, the Allington Primary School, Maidstone pupil says it has made him realise how lucky he is.
Humphrey’s Kick About was inspired by Unicef’s Soccer Aid, in which celebrities and football legends play to raise money for children in developing countries. Just £375 can build a playground.
Humphrey attended the star-studded tie at Stamford Bridge in June and decided he wanted to create his own version, which he organised with the help of his mother Emma Hamilton-Barnes and her close friend Amanda Gobell.
Hundreds of children attended the young Chelsea fan’s event at Allington Community Association in Castle Road on Sunday, playing football games and taking part in activities.
Mrs Hamilton-Barnes said: “The atmosphere was buzzing. It was humbling to see all those people come to support him.”
Humphrey added:“I am really happy I have enough money for Unicef to build a safe playground for the children. I hope the children can feel that there are many kind children and grown ups trying to help them be happier.”
To reward his efforts, Unicef sent Humphrey a goodie bag with Soccer Aid gifts including a ball signed by stars of last year’s match, such as Robbie Williams, Usain Bolt and Eric Cantona.
The youngster now goes to sleep with the souvenir, which has replaced his treasured sports equipment, destroyed in the fire.
Soccer Aid fundraising officer, Emily Doe, said: “Humphrey has raised an unbelievable amount of money for a child so young. It is so moving.”
He is now hoping to host the charity match annually.