A PAIR of Solihull boys are turning dried up pens into cash for charity across the borough.
Bazzie and Joshua Hines have been collecting old pens from local schools, businesses and libraries and taking them to Morrisons in Sheldon to be recycled and exchanged into money. The kind-hearted duo then hand the cash to charities including children’s charity the NSPCC.
Nicknamed ‘The Buck It Boys’ because they are bucking against the throwaway society and the idea that children can’t make a difference, Baz and Josh use old flower buckets, provided by Morrisons, as containers to drop-off, collect and deliver the pens for recycling.
Each bucket is given a splash of colour by the boys as they draw on pictures of animals and nature along with the Childline helpline number. So far, eight-year-old Bazzie and six-year-old Joshua have decorated 235 buckets since mid-January.
Their grandmother, Jan Hines, said: “ I am very proud of what they have both achieved.
“Their drawings and passion for helping others is simply inspiring, while watching them work and learn together is priceless.
“The response from family and friends has been astonishing, while the response from those who have supported the boys has been brilliant.
“Everyone has seen this as a win win situation where helping vulnerable children and the planet can go hand-in-hand with educating everyone.”
Joshua and Bazzie have extended their pens recycling pick-up service to include Solihull Council offices, libraries, police, fire stations, social clubs, gyms, bingo halls, hotels, pet shops, art galleries and more.
And now, Bazzie has been invited by MP Jess Phillips to take a bucket down to the House of Commons.
Caroline Morgan, the NSPCC’s supporter fundraising manager for the Midlands, said: “Josh and Bazzie are incredible local heroes who have become stars of the local Solihull community.
“Both boys show that people can make a difference.”