A SELFLESS schoolboy has been hailed 'a true inspiration' for cleaning up his neighbourhood.

Knox Andrew came up with the idea of litter picking grass verges near his home in Knutsford after his class at Nether Alderley Primary School was challenged to raise £20.22 to help create more play space.

The enthusiastic eight-year-old spent hours in the rain collecting rubbish on Sunday and filled seven bin bags.

Wellwishers were so impressed by his efforts, they donated £375 in just one day.

Dad Ben, from Marthall, said: "Knox has been absolutely overwhelmed, not just with the amount of money raised but also by all the really positive messages of support he has received.

"We never expected such a great response, it has just exploded.

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"He is super proud of himself."

Knox, who has a brother Coren, four, and sister Evangeline, two, has vowed to continue litter picking for two weeks, with mum Melanie and dad Ben.

"He has received hundreds of positive messages," said Ben.

"Cyclists stopped to thank him as he picked up litter, saying what a good idea it was.

"He will be doing it again when he gets back from school every afternoon and over the next two weekends.

"The school wants to buy new equipment and redevelop land at the rear to make it into a big recreation yard with more play space."

Wellwishers posted messages on social media.

One lady said: "What a great example you're setting young man."

Mel Morris said: "What a special young man caring about our environment like this. Thank you."

Another person added: "Thank you for doing this and helping to improve the area.

"You are a truly inspirational young man - not only a wonderful thing to do but also to raise money for the school.l Well done, you."

Knox, who enjoys playing golf, swimming and Minecraft, now wants to inspire other children to litter pick.

"Knox thinks it would be a great idea if other pupils did this for their schools," said Ben.

"He is planning to set up a Facebook business page to send out school packs and bibs to pupils across the country."

Richard Craven, headteacher of Nether Alderley Primary School, said: “Knox spoke in assembly about his fundraising efforts.

“It has been difficult to organise events over the last year or two, so our PTA has challenged pupils to raise £20.22 by 22.02.2022.

“Knox has gone above and beyond with his litter picking and is an inspiration to all the other pupils in the school.”

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