BAKER Charlie Henley raised more than £350 in memory of his grandfather by holding a cake sale.

The 11-year-old lost his grandad five years ago to dementia and wanted to do something in his memory.

He started with a target of £40 but quickly exceeded his goal and soon had to bake extra cakes to fulfil demand.

Altogether, he ended up raising £352 for the support charity Dementia UK.

Lots of people rang up to support his efforts by giving a donation even before he held his sale.

Charlie, from Bromham, decided to hold the sale after discussions with his parents about what his grandfather went through.

Mum Rachel Henley, 35, said: “At the time I don’t think he had a full understanding.

"We explained it to him as simply as we could. We believe it’s important to be open with children because it’s the real world and they need to be aware of what goes on.

"He just decided to do it. We were saying it was the anniversary of his death and he wanted to do something to raise money for Dementia UK and Charlie came up with the idea. It went on from there.”

Moving forward after the family’s loss has meant accepting the good that comes with the bad, and Charlie’s outlook has helped him to process what has happened.

Rachel added: “He was upset at the time, understandably, but he has nice memories of his grandad because we saw him as often as we could.”

The family spread the word via social media about the fundraiser.

Dementia UK works to support people who suffer with Dementia and empower them, as well as their families to feel heard and visible.

This year, they have increased the number of support nurses working on helplines and extended opening hours to supporting over 29,000 callers.