A SCHOOLBOY who raised hundreds of pounds for a hospice during Lent has been given a taste of life as a firefighter as a thank you.

Taylor Farrington, 11, raised £728.14 for St Cuthbert’s Hospice, in Durham City, earlier this year by donating his pocket money to the cause, selling homemade scones and doing odd jobs.

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His story inspired Martin Hollingsworth, from red watch at Durham fire station, who invited him to take a tour of the station, ride in a fire engine and be lifted high into the air on a platform.

Taylor, from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, attended Durham fire station today (Thursday, June 19) with his mother Jacky, whose employer Indigo Software made a donation to his fundraising efforts, and his younger brother George, aged seven.

Mr Hollinsgworth said: “I thought young people don’t get enough positive press for what they do so we should make a fuss.

“What he’s done puts all our efforts to shame.”

Taylor also rode in a fire engine to St Cuthbert’s Hospice, where he handed over another donation to the facility.

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