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Lamp post dedicated to Cornish school boy for his community support

A Cornish school boy has had a lamp post dedicated to him by Cornwall Council after months of supporting his local community.

12-year-old Ben Paramore from Saltash, who has autism, loves street lights and every night walks around his local community with his dad to spot any that are not working properly.  They then report them to the Council, which has 52,000 street lights across the county, via an online portal, so engineers can fix the issues.

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Ben’s mum, Jane spoke with the disabled children’s team at Together for Families who set about getting a lamp post dedicated to Ben.  A few months later and the plaque on the lamp post was unveiled in a presentation involving friends, neighbours, council staff and engineers from SSE.

Ben’s mum, Jane, said: “It was such an amazing thing to happen for Ben; the smile on his face said it all.  It’s was also lovely to see the community who came out to support us. It was such a special moment and we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that made this possible.”

SSE, the company that has the contract to maintain Cornwall’s street lights, also presented Ben with his very own safety helmet, high vis jacket and head torch amongst other goodies. There was also support from Waitrose in Saltash, who kindly donated food and drink to help the family mark the occasion.

Jane continued: “He loves streetlights and is fascinated by them and he wants to know everything about them, like are they heavy, why do they move in the wind etc. We told him a week ago that this was going to happen, to help him process and to deal with it and he is excited in his own little way.”

The lamp post dedication has been a long time in the making and is the results of several months of emails and phone calls.  It had been hoped that this presentation would have happened at the end of March, but plans were put on hold due to the UK wide lockdown.

Disabled Children Family Worker, Wendy Venning, said: “It has been a complete honour and pleasure to organise this for Ben and I would like to thank everyone who has given her their support to make this happen. Ben was really happy and excited to tell her that now owns his very own lamp post.”