Young Joe donates piggy bank to Comic Relief

GENEROUS Joe Giles, 11, donated all his savings money to charity.
GENEROUS Joe Giles, 11, donated all his savings money to charity.
  • Joe Giles gave his savings to his school’s Comic Relief collection.
  • After hearing about the work the charity does, Joe said he just wanted to help.
  • He has previously tried sending money to ‘the whole of Africa’.

A generous youngster didn’t think twice about donating all his pocket money to charity.

Joe Giles, 11, pledged nearly £50 that he saved from birthdays and Christmas’ to his school’s Comic Relief 2015 appeal.

Joe Giles, 11, from Thorpe, donated all the money he had saved from Christmas and birthdays - almost �50 - to Comic Relief. (jc_230315_giles04)

Joe Giles, 11, from Thorpe, donated all the money he had saved from Christmas and birthdays - almost �50 - to Comic Relief. (jc_230315_giles04)

The East Ardsley Primary School pupil’s teachers and family said they were overwhelmed after finding about his generosity.

Proud mum Karen Giles, of Thorpe, said: “I was completely overwhelmed when I found out that Joe had given all his savings to charity.

“There are not that many 11-year-olds that would do that but he has a good heart. He’s the sort of boy who would give his last sweet away.

“It’s lovely but it’s a lot of money for a young boy. It was everything in his money box.”

He’s the sort of boy who would give his last sweet away.

Proud mum Karen Giles

Mrs Giles said she thought Joe may have had second thoughts so went to the school to ask for the money back.

She said: “I went to his school and told the teachers what had happened and they were overwhelmed.

“They couldn’t believe what he had done.

“When I came home and told Joe that he could have his money back, he said he didn’t want it and got upset. He almost started crying.

Kind-hearted Joe. (jc_230315_giles02)

Kind-hearted Joe. (jc_230315_giles02)

“He said he just wanted to help because he heard about it in school.”

Mrs Giles, 49, said Joe had donated to charity before, when he was seven.

She said: “When they did a Fairtrade week at school when Joe was really little. He put £10 in an envelope and addressed it to ‘the whole of Africa’.

“He had his address on it and, of course, Royal Mail sent it back but he just wanted to help.”