Schoolboy's wicker man set to scare up charity cash

Oxford Mail: Callum Smith beat 1,000 other pupils with his wicker man design Callum Smith beat 1,000 other pupils with his wicker man design

A SCHOOLBOY has designed a terrifying wicker man which will help raise cash for charity this summer.

Callum Smith, a pupil at John Blandy Primary School in Southmoor, beat 1,000 entries to design the sculpture.

His work will now be turned into a 12-foot high wicker man and will tour events and festivals this summer.

The 10-year-old said: “My heart just kind of stopped when I was told I had won. I have sort of recovered now.

“It is going to be quite exciting to see what I have drawn be built into a giant head of a wicker guy.”

He said he had been inspired by previous winners, adding: “I just got the idea from my head.”

His mum, Ella Morgan, of Bampton, said: “I am incredibly proud because there were so many entries.

“I cannot wait to see what it looks like in the flesh.”

The Wicker Man Oxford project aims to raise awareness and money for charity, and this year Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres has been chosen.

The sculpture is normally burnt at the Oxford Round Table fireworks display in South Park, but this year it will be raffled to raise more cash.

Wicker man Oxford team member Alan Hambridge said: “It is an excellent design.

“It has lots of circles and squares on the hair and beard which are going to be really fun to make.

“There are three reasons why we do this: To raise awareness for a local charity, to raise money for that charity and to do it in a slightly bizarre way.”

* For more information about the project, visit http://www.wickermanoxford.co.uk

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