Luke raises more than £4,000 for Keech Hospice Care

19 February 2018

A Hertfordshire schoolboy who asked Santa not to bring him any presents for Christmas and to instead give the money to charity has raised almost £8,000.

By giving up his Christmas gifts in 2017 Luke Bedford, 8, from Knebworth managed to raise nearly £8,000 – with more than half going to Keech Hospice Care, Hertfordshire’s children’s hospice.

Luke post Christmas

Liz Searle, the charity’s CEO, said she was overwhelmed by Luke’s gesture.

“We’re so grateful to Luke for everything he has done for us. Every penny goes towards helping us raise the £5.7million we need every year to continue providing excellent care and support for more children in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Milton Keynes and adults in Luton and Bedfordshire,” said Liz.

Luke wrote the selfless note after discovering his friend Thomas’ cousin, Orla Hermitage, 6, from Stevenage, has a brain tumour. He decided to ask Santa not to bring him any presents, so the money could go to help Orla and other seriously ill children like her.

“It was the best Christmas ever because I helped someone,” said Luke.

Luke’s mum, Tanya Bedford, 41, said the spirit of giving was alive and well in their home on Christmas Day.

Luke, Carly and Orla

“Luke is very proud of how much he was able to raise and is really keen to help his local hospice,” said Tanya.

Orla’s mum Susan Hermitage, 37, added: “Our family has been blown away by the generosity of the whole community in support of Luke’s amazing gesture. He is such a sweet boy.

“The money raised will do a huge amount to help continue funding the amazing nurses who have supported our family for the last six years.”

In total Luke raised £7,484, with more than £4,300 going to Keech Hospice Care and the remainder to another charity.

To donate to Keech Hospice Care visit