Cleaning up for charity

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Melrose teenager Thomas Billam is holding a charity car wash on Saturday (February 28), from 10am-2pm, at the former petrol station and antique centre in Melrose.

The youngster is aiming to raise cash for Project Trust – a charity that supports volunteers working on projects around the world. Thomas is planning on taking a year out next year to work in Senegal with the charity.

Thomas is also undertaking a bigger fundraising challenge this summer.

He told The Southern: “I’ve been fascinated by cars since I was very young and in eager anticipation for the moment when I could take to the roads, I have been saving up to buy my first car.

“Earlier this year I bought a classic 1977 Leyland Mini and, with help from a mechanically-minded friend, we managed to get it on the road before my 17th birthday.

“I now plan to do a road trip later in the summer to raise money for my year abroad. In order to gain further interest, I plan to split the money raised with the Marie Curie Cancer Trust and my road run/challenge, which will consist of a friend and I traveling to each hospice (there are a total of nine dotted around the whole country) in as little time as possible.

“I aim to fill the tiny car to the brim with gifts to give out at each hospice – and I will have the Marie Curie logo painted on the bonnet of the car to promote the challenge.”

Thomas is now looking for people to sponsor him (companies can have their name/logo/picture displayed on the car).

If you would like to help him in his fundraising challenge, you can sponsor him through his Just Giving page at