Lego immortalises Jack Covill-Lowndes with statue

Jack Covill-Lowndes and his Lego self
Image caption Lincolnshire lad Jack Covill-Lowndes with his Lego alter-ego
Jack Covill-Lowndes and his Lego self
Image caption Jack bumps fists with his statue which needed about 35,000 bricks
Jack Covill-Lowndes and his Lego self
Image caption He won a competition run by the Danish toy firm to find a true life hero

A 10-year-old boy who has raised thousands of pounds for charity since his mother died of cancer has been immortalised in Lego.

Jack Covill-Lowndes, from Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, was nominated by his family in a competition run by Legoland in Windsor, Berkshire.

He raised the money for St Barnabas Hospice which cared for his mother Steph until her death in 2006.

About 35,000 Lego bricks were used to build the statue of 4ft 6in Jack.

Image caption Jack said the statue was "awesome"

He beat thousands of other nominees and this week came face-to-face with his alter ego.

After the figure was unveiled, Jack said: "It's awesome. They've even made the same clothes I was wearing out of Lego - I can't stop looking at my statue."

His statue will remain at Legoland until the end of September before being sent to Jack's house for him to keep.

Tamara Lowndes, Jack's aunt and guardian, nominated her nephew after supporting him in his fundraising.

"It's fantastic - but I've no idea where I can keep it," she said.

"Jack wants it in his bedroom but I think that it'll make a great garden ornament."

Harry Harrison, from Lego, said: "Jack's story really captured the essence of a real-life, everyday hero.

"He's a real inspiration - and to be immortalised in Lego is befitting of his amazing outlook and achievements."

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