A KIND-HEARTED five-year-old is following in his mum's footsteps of helping those in need after sending Christmas shoeboxes to children in Kenya.

Charlie Berwick-Hall, from Gorse Covert, was watching television with his mum Rachel when an advert highlighting child poverty in Africa came on.

The youngster told his mum that he wanted to send over gifts to the children for Christmas and planned shoeboxes for girls and boys.

Charlie chose to fill the boxes with toys, arts and crafts, toiletries and socks.

Rachel helps run the Free Food Warrington initiative on Facebook and has devoted years of her life to charity work.

She said: "Charlie has always been involved with the Free Food Warrington scheme and comes with me to drop off food for families and to do the shopping.

"He makes me so proud."

The 2016 Miss Warrington Guardian wrote a Facebook status about Charlie's idea and a friend who lives in Kenya organised for the boxes to be shipped over.

At the end of the month, Charlie is organising for another batch of donations to be sent to Kenya - this time including clothes and shoes.