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He's only eight but he was so moved by a TV programme he decided to do something to help others.

After watching the Text Santa charity appeal on ITV just before Christmas Joseph Rushton was determined to raise money for the TV appeal which is helping six charities.

So he went out on the streets of his neighbourhood singing to raise money and ended up with £125.

Joseph, from Fenay Bridge, has been taking guitar lessons for just over a year.

His mum, Rebecca – who works at First Direct in Leeds – said: “It was entirely his idea. He was very happy to raise money and to donate every penny for the cause.

“He said he thought he was very lucky and wanted to help all the poorly and lonely people.

“My husband and I were very moved by his selflessness.”

The Christmas carols that Joseph had been practising with his Lascelles Hall-based guitar teacher, Mary Clarkson, came in handy as he went out to perform in front of friends, neighbours and family members.

He was accompanied by his father, police officer Paul Rushton, and two-year-old sister Holly.

Knocking on doors, singing and playing, Joseph managed to raise £125 in just one night.

The biggest donation came from neighbour Nikki McKenzie, who was having a party on the night Joseph visited.

Joseph Rushton, 8, of Fenay Bridge, who raised money for people less fortunate than himself over Christmas by busking for neighbors
Joseph Rushton, 8, of Fenay Bridge, who raised money for people less fortunate than himself over Christmas by busking for neighbors
 

The eight-year-old and his schoolmates at Rowley Lane School in Lepton had previously raised funds for Comic Relief and Children in Need, but Text Santa was the first Christmas appeal in which Joseph participated.

His mum Rebecca expects he will want to take part in more charity events in the future.

“We are very proud of his achievement,” she added.

The Text Santa initiative started in 2011 and has taken place each year since.

The 2013 edition was aired on December 20 and raised a total of £4.2m.

The money went to six British charities: Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, Age UK, the British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.