A 12-year-old boy whose woodwork went viral has now raised £250,000 to help children in Ukraine by raffling off a handmade bowl.
Gabriel Clark, from the Lake District, broke hearts on social media after his dad Richard’s tweet revealed that he was being teased for only having six followers on Instagram, and had been told his love of woodwork was “not cool”.
Following his dad’s appeal for support, Gabriel’s Instagram followers jumped from six to 250,000 and he received more than 20,000 commissions to craft bowls for customers.
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The youngster decided to use his newfound social media fame for good and launched a raffle for his latest bowl adorned in Ukrainian colours to raise £5,000 for Save the Children’s Ukrainian Appeal. The heart-warming gesture has now raised almost £250,000 with the bowl off to a new owner in the UK
When the fundraiser smashed the £150,000 milestone, Gabriel said on Instagram: “Guys I’ve got no words. That’s mental.
“I can’t say anything apart from thank you. I’m probably just going to make a bowl.”