WMP has delivered an early Christmas surprise to a ‘superstar’ schoolboy as thanks for his selfless community volunteering.
Oliver Hall is only 12 but regularly helps out at Bells Farm Community Centre – A vital community hub which provides support and activities for all ages of the local community.
The centre is also home to Spearhead Trust, a charity which provides support to local families and children.
Managers Sid and Dot run free breakfast clubs and OAP lunches, a food bank, a youth club, host regular neighbourhood police meetings, and offer help to access housing, education, training and social services.
West Midlands Police caught up with Oliver last Wednesday (18/12) while he was lending a hand serving meals at the Christmas lunch for elderly local residents.
The force tapped into the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Active Citizen’s Fund, money seized from criminals through the Proceeds of Crime Act, to buy Oliver a pair of trainers as an early Christmas treat.
Druids Heath PCSO Nadeem Mahmood, said: “Oliver is the oldest of four children and hasn’t had it easy over the past few years. He helps out at home a lot but that doesn’t stop him helping others; he wants to improve the area and community.
“He’s been accessing the centre’s services since about the age of six or seven and now is often here several times a day helping out, tidying up, serving food and preparing for events.
“He’s a superstar, a real inspiration to other young people, and even at his young age the epitome of an ‘active citizen’ who wants to make a difference in his community.”
Neighbourhood Police Sergeant Karen Hunn popped into the Bells Farm centre to surprise the ARK Kings Academy pupil with his well-deserved gift.
Afterwards Oliver said: “I had no idea about the surprise. I try to get down to Bells Farm whenever I have some spare time to help out so I didn’t think anything about it… until my name was called out to go to the front.
“The trainers are brilliant. I wanted some for Christmas but didn’t know if I’d get them so it’s an amazing surprise. Thank you.”
West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, added: “Oliver is committed to helping his community. He is an Active Citizen who helps to make his community a safer and more pleasant place to be. From taking part in litter picks, to serving Christmas meals for the elderly, Oliver goes out of his way to support others.
“As soon as I heard his story I knew we needed to find a way to say thank you. That’s why I am delighted to be using a small amount of the money we take from criminals to buy Oliver a present for Christmas. Oliver , thank you and Happy Christmas.”