Joe’s busking for bears

Eight year old Joe Pattison
Eight year old Joe Pattison

A young busker is fine-tuning fund-raising after a TV nature programme inspired him to action.

Eight-year-old Joe Pattison was so incensed after seeing the cruel treatment of animals in the BBC’s Wild Burma: Nature’s Lost Kingdom that he decided to raise funds for Animals Asia UK.

The Morpeth Stobhillgate First School pupil uploaded a busking video to Youtube with a link to a Justgiving webpage.

Joe smashed his £100 target in just one weekend, and has now doubled it.

He said: “I just wanted to do something to help the bears.”

Mum Sally said: “He couldn’t understand why people would treat animals in such a cruel way. I was happy to encourage him to stand up for something he believes in and to learn at a young age that if you care about something, you can fight for it.”

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