A young boy who was moved to tears by the plight of a man begging on the streets of Barnstaple has raised almost £1,000 to help the homeless.

Oscar McPherson, who walked from Instow to Braunton for the homeless, with mum Caroline Picture: Noel McPhersonOscar McPherson, who walked from Instow to Braunton for the homeless, with mum Caroline Picture: Noel McPherson

Oscar McPherson, aged 10, walked a 13-mile charity half marathon from Instow to Braunton in the midst of the heatwave to raise money for Survival Bags and Bus Shelter North Devon.

The Braunton youngster was with mum Caroline in Barnstaple High Street when they saw a homeless person begging.

Caroline explained: “I gave him a little bit of cash and Oscar was a bit upset about that and I had a chat with him.

“We decided it would not hurt to give him a bit more and Oscar went back to do it. He came back in floods of tears and did not understand why people would put pennies in the man’s hat, as that would not help him.”

Oscar McPherson, with Braunton Inn staff. Picture: Noel McPhersonOscar McPherson, with Braunton Inn staff. Picture: Noel McPherson

After another chat in which Caroline explained it was better to help a charity rather than to give money to an individual, Oscar resolved to do a charity walk – he had to be convinced that running the route might not be a good idea.

Caroline and dad Noel are no strangers to fundraising, but all they did was help Oscar set his feet on the path.

Caroline said: “I can’t stress enough it was Oscar’s idea and his plan. He came up with the idea and it’s got to be said, he’s not a kid that likes walking.”

A JustGiving page, the walk and an ice cream sale at his school, Woolacombe Primary, has helped to push the total to almost £1,000.

Oscar McPherson, who walked from Instow to Braunton for the homeless, with Ian Godfrey of Survival Bags. Picture: ContributedOscar McPherson, who walked from Instow to Braunton for the homeless, with Ian Godfrey of Survival Bags. Picture: Contributed

Oscar was met at the end of his walk by Ian Godfrey of Survival Bags and the Bus Shelter project, which is working to convert a double decker bus into emergency accommodation for the homeless. Survival Bags provides essentials such as bedding to people who are struggling.

Ian said: “Oscar is a great example of the compassion and caring of young people we already has a lad do a bike ride for the shelter bus project.

“The money made by Oscar will help make a major difference to people who have no safe place to sleep And will change peoples lives.”

Oscar has been invited to visit the Bus Shelter North Devon project and see the work that is already underway.

Anyone who still wishes to make a donation can go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/oscarscharitychallenge .