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Boy makes thousands out of pretend Torch

Logan was five when he made the torch since then it's been around the world and back Photo: ITV News West Country

When 5 year old Logan McKerrow from Chard in Somerset saw the torch bearers carrying the Olympic flame through the country ahead of last year's Olympic Games, he was so inspired he decided to make a torch of his own... from cardboard.

What happened next is proof the Olympics have inspired a nation, although not perhaps in the way many imagined.

After learning torchbearers were selling their torches on Ebay, Logan decided to do the same. It fetched £2, which he donated to the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf people.

Some of the Olympic Torchbearers raised money by selling their torches on the internet Credit: PA

That was in May 2012. Since then the torch has been sold on 60 times, with each sale being donated to Logan's chosen charity. His initial £21 has now been turned into £34,000.

It is not just the money raised which has stunned Logan and his family, the torch has travelled more than 21 thousand miles around the world, travelling to Luxembourg, Jersey and Bulgaria.

Logan's mother Kerry says the people who have taken the Torch on are fantastic - she says they're a little Torchbearer family.

The final purchase is perhaps most fitting, with the owner taking Logan's torch to RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, where the Olympic flame first arrived in the UK back in 2012, carried by David Beckham.

For the home-made Torch's owner Hugh Gray-Wallis, the torch has special significance. His wife Maggie is herself hard of hearing and relies on her faithful companion Nero who helps her day to day.

David Beckham with the original Olympic Torch when it arrived in the UK at RNAS Culdrose in 2012 Credit: ITV News West Country

The torch has now been returned to Logan so that he can enjoy the notes and pictures that have been added to the torch's box on its journey, but he's not ready to stop just yet. He hopes to make the Queen the 61st owner of his torch in what is her 61st year as monarch.

Jonty Messer reports:-

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