An eight-year-old boy who won an award for carrying out 100 acts of kindness has added another good turn to his list – by donating £250 of his prize money to Cats Protection.
Bailey Sloan, from Barry, won Rotary International’s Young Citizen Award in recognition of his many kind-hearted deeds which have included clearing litter from the beach, presenting passers-by with roses and leaving chocolate gifts on doorsteps.
The inspirational youngster, who has ADHD and autism, was awarded with a trophy and £500 to split between his chosen charities – Cats Protection and homeless charity Llamau.
Cat-loving Bailey, who has three moggies of his own, visited Cats Protection’s Bridgend Adoption Centre on 25 April to hand over the cheque in a presentation which was also attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Bridgend, Councillor Richard Young and his wife Annette.
During his visit to the centre Bailey got to meet some of the unwanted and abandoned cats which will benefit from his kindness, and talked to staff about his own cats, named Mog, Pink Loveheart and Ginger Beauty.
Bailey said: “I chose to give to Cats Protection because I adore and care for cats, they are adorable creatures and kindness is magic.”
Centre Manager Sue Dobbs said: “It was a true privilege to meet such an inspirational boy like Bailey and we absolutely loved having him here. We gave him a tour of the centre so he could see for himself how his kind donation will be put to use.
“I was very touched by Bailey’s 100 random acts of kindness. He is very enthusiastic and has an obvious passion for cats, something which came across during his visit to the centre. We feel honoured that we were one of his chosen charities to receive part of his prize money for wining his Young Citizen Award.”
Bailey’s mum Lisa Harrhy, who came up with the kindness challenge to help him learn about empathy, said: “I am very proud of Bailey and I am happy that he has done so many acts of kindness which are an inspiration to others.”