Kit, age 11, appears in The Beano – just in time
It is the dream of many youngsters but for one 11-year-old from Cornwall the ambition of starring in The Beano has come true.
Kit Le Froy, from Marazion in Cornwall, makes an appearance in this week's edition of The Beano, now on sale. In the issue Kit, who is a National Trust Kids' councillor (and ambassador for cooking on a campfire), will be cooking in the outdoors on the trust's Stackpole Estate in Wales.
The Beano strip that Kit appears in is based on an adventure from the National Trust's list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ – part of its campaign to get kids outdoors and closer to nature.
Kit said: "I enjoy campfire cooking so much that I wish I could do it everyday, no matter if it's pouring with rain or baking in the sun. The food is tasty – whether it's sausages or Mars bar-fried bananas."
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He added: "It's super nice to cook in the woods – so long as I don't make a forest fire."
Earlier this year, Stackpole Estate was voted the best place to cook a campfire in a National Trust survey of more than 1,700 children for its 50 things to do before you're 11¾ campaign.
Launched by the National Trust last year in a bid to encourage more children to play outdoors, the campaign came in response to the Natural Childhood Report, a report commissioned by the trust which highlighted evidence of a long-term and dramatic decline in children's relationship with the outside world.
The report called for urgent action after revealing fewer than one in ten children regularly play in wild places, compared to almost half a generation ago, while a third have never climbed a tree and one in ten can't ride a bike.
The campaign was developed this year with the help of Kit and nine other youngsters on the Kids Council, who suggested many of the activities on the list for this year.
The council also advises the conservation charity on what matters to children. This summer the National Trust in the South West is running its 50 things in 50 days festival – trying to see how many of the 50 things can be completed during the summer holidays.
Details of the summer campaign are at nationaltrust. org.uk/southwest.
To sign-up for the 50 things challenge visit the website 50things.org.uk