Four friends kept their eyes open for 24 hours to raise money for Help For Heroes.
Marcus Earey, 12, Charlie Smith, and twins Ryan and Nathan Hendricks, all 11 years old, spent 24 hours last Friday awake to raise money after Marcus’ uncle Chris Gwilt was seriously injured while fighting in Afghanistan.
Chris, who is from Souldrop, was left deaf in both ears when he was wounded in 2009, but thanks to a hi-tech hearing device, which he was the first in the country to use, he has now regained most of his hearing.
The boys, who all attend Holywell Middle School in Cranfield, decided to do the charity challenge after Marcus suggested it.
Marcus’ mum Emma Earey, of Kempston, said: “They did really well, me and mum up with them for the majority of it.
“They did it at my house and they were very full of energy well into the early hours. By about 5am there was a bit of yawning and heavy eyelids.”
She added: “I helped with the organising, but it was all Marcus’ idea. I’m really proud that he did it all off his own back.”
The boys raised around £500. To donate go to www.bmycharity.com/Emma Earey
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