Six-year-old raises hundreds by giving up chocolate in bid to save lives

PUBLISHED: 12:35 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:35 09 April 2018

James Slatter, of Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied.

James Slatter, of Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied.

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A Welwyn Garden City youngster who gave up chocolate for a month has raised hundreds of pounds which will help towards saving somebody’s heart.

James Slatter, of Welwyn Garden City, eating his first piece of chocolate after a whole month. Picture: Supplied.James Slatter, of Welwyn Garden City, eating his first piece of chocolate after a whole month. Picture: Supplied.

James Slatter, six, of Little Thistle, was watching TV with his mum when an advert came on for the British Heart Foundation.

The advert on the charity’s Dechox campaign, which encourages people to give up chocolate for a month, pulled on James’ heart-strings and he stopped eating chocolate that day.

The Swallow Dell Primary School pupil didn’t eat chocolate from March 1, to Easter Sunday when his fundraising ended.

But he came seconds away from accidentally indulging.

James and Sam Slatter of Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied.James and Sam Slatter of Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Supplied.

He was at the park with his brother Sam, eight, when they decided to treat themselves to an ice cream.

His father Mark Slatter, 42, said: “James asked for all the sauces and once we told him one was chocolate he was very good and didn’t get it but it did come with a flake that I got to enjoy.”

Mark also had to pick the chocolate lines off the yellow French Fancies James had.

Mark, who described both boys as “incredibly kind and caring” said: “James’ older brother regularly helps other children in his class with their school work if they’re struggling.”

The charity is also very close to the family’s heart after their close friend Dean Botham, who was 31 at the time, suffered a cardiac arrest at the wheel of the family’s minibus while his wife Kim and five of his children were in the vehicle.

Luckily Dean has made a full recovery and James feels extremely proud to have raised over £400 to help people like Dean.

•To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sharna-slatter


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