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Big-hearted Lewis gives up Christmas.

Byline: By Gareth Deighan

Standing in the middle of the class, wrestling fan Lewis Trainer is counting down the days until he meets his idols.

The six-year-old, of Deckham, in Gateshead, is all set to meet his WWE heroes later this month after he made the ultimate sacrifice when he gave up Christmas.

Gateshead's Carr Hill Primary pupil Lewis was so touched by the plight of those caught up in the Asian tsunami in 2004, he asked his mum to hold off on presents last year and send them to the affected children instead.

Lewis even piled some of his clothes in a bag and gave them to mum Claire to send to Sri Lanka.

Proud Claire, 28, said Lewis always was a sensitive boy and seemed to take the plight of those who suffered through the tsunami to heart ( and wanted to do something for him he would never forget.

And yesterday he was rewarded for his generosity when he was told he would get to meet his wrestling heroes when they appear at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena April 21.

Claire said: "When the tsunami happened I was sitting watching TV and was crying and he came in and saw me. So I thought I would try and explain to him what had happened.

"A little while later he came downstairs with a bag full of his things saying he wanted to send them to the children he had seen on the TV who had lost everything.

"So I said we should have a car boot sale and then the school really got behind us and everyone got involved. It was brilliant. I'm just so proud of my little boy."

And Lewis, who practises his wrestling moves on big brother Connor, seven, certainly thinks he is going to get something extra special. He said: "It is only on April 21 so it's going to come really quickly and I can't wait.

"My favourite wrestler is Baptista but I think he is injured. So I am really looking forward to meeting Boogieman. He's another favourite. I like him because he's scary.

"The tsunami people on the TV looked so sad so I thought I would try and help. But then my school started to help and it was great."

Lewis' dad, Owen, 34, is also very proud of his youngest son and is delighted his family have been given the chance to go.

He said: "Lewis is a massive wrestling fan and we are very proud he's done this and has been given this chance. He was always a caring boy. He donates his old toys to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. But this has been brilliant. Something he will never forget."

Older brother Connor will also get to see the WWE show, after Metro Radio DJ Brian Moore arranged the visit as a reward for Lewis and sprang the surprise on him at school yesterday. A spokesman for the Metro Radio Arena, said: "Lewis will have a night to remember as a VIP guest."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 8, 2006
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