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Handy lad

A Lancashire schoolboy who won his local paper’s contest to have his hand cast in glass is so thrilled with the result that he wanders around with the prize wrapped in a tea-towel to show people!

Nine-year-old Shaun Gerrard came top in the competition in the Leigh Reporter after he was nominated for the Helping Hands award.

Despite being very ill and having two operations, he still managed to get out and about to raise cash for the Wigan Infirmary’s Rainbow Ward, where he was treated.

He was nominated for the award by his sisters.

The Reporter told how he made a trip to St Helen’s Glass to have an imprint of his hand made in cement before returning to pick up his glass hand.

He told readers: “I enjoyed my trip to St Helen’s Glass. Once they had put my hand in wet cement, they poured melted glass into it. It is now downstairs in my house.”

As well as the hand he won vouchers to spend at the glass firm and meal vouchers.

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