An inspirational eight-year-old boy from Northwich helped David Cameron switch on the Downing Street Christmas lights.

Ted McCaffery also received a Point of Light award from the Prime Minister for his work as an Alder Hey Children’s Hospital fundraising champion.

Ted, who goes to Grange Junior School, and his family were invited down to Number 10 for the ceremony on December 10.

Since having life-saving open-heart surgery he has gone on to raise more than £20,000 for Alder Hey.

The Point of Light award recognised Ted’s incredible efforts and the adversity he has had to overcome to make them happen.

Ted McCaffery, 8, from Northwich, receives the Point of Light Award from Prime Minister David Cameron

Initially the eight-year-old’s aim was to fix a broken TV at the hospital, but he has gone on to raise much more through the ‘Team Ted’ campaign and his teddy bear Rufus.

Earlier this year Ted was also given the Independent on Sunday Happy List Award at the JustGiving Awards.

Ted McCaffery, 8, from Northwich, at Number 10

Mr Cameron tweeted about the switch on with a huge crowd including photographers gathered on Downing Street.

For more on Ted’s campaign follow him on Twitter @TedandRufus and visit the #Showusyourbear Facebook page.

View of the Downing Street Christmas tree lights in London

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