A SCHOOLBOY who has raised thousands of pounds for charity is to meet Boris Johnson.

Daniel MacDiarmid, known as Shrimpy, has undertaken numerous daring fundraisers – most recently dangling off a cliff for 24 hours to raise money to buy Christmas presents for sick children.

The 14-year-old has been fundraising for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice in Angmering since the age of nine.

And after his efforts were singled out by the Prime Minister’s office, Shrimpy is set to meet with Boris Johnson at Downing Street.

The Lewes Old Grammar School pupil received a letter from the Prime Minister out of the blue, which revealed he was to be awarded a Points of Light certificate.

The Argus: Daniel MacDiarmid, known as Shrimpy Daniel MacDiarmid, known as Shrimpy

The certificates are given by the PM’s office to outstanding individual volunteers and people who are making a change in their community.

The letter said: “I was astonished to learn of your daredevil escapades to fundraise for Chestnut Tree House Hospice. Whether it is tackling Europe’s highest zip wire blindfolded or abseiling the height of the Empire State Building, your feats are hugely impressive.

“What is more impressive, though, is the dedication you show to your local children’s hospice. The thousands of pounds you raise every year help brighten the lives of the resident children at the toughest of times. You are a true Point of Light. On behalf of the whole country, thank you.”

Shrimpy, whose most recent challenge saw him spend the night hanging 115ft above the ocean on the Pembrokeshire coast, said: “I feel really honoured to have received this letter.

“I have a huge amount of respect for Boris - not only for taking the time to reach out to a small fundraiser like myself but also for having the courage and bravery to step foot inside Ukraine whilst they are engaged in a terrible, unjustified attack on their country.

“He shows compassion for the Ukrainian people who desperately need it at this time, and I too believe in helping others that need support, which is why I do what I do, and I always will.”

The Argus: Daniel MacDiarmid with a selection of toys purchased for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice after a previous challenge Daniel MacDiarmid with a selection of toys purchased for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice after a previous challenge

Shrimpy’s father, also called Daniel, said: “Shrimpy has been informed that something will be arranged in terms of meeting Boris in the near future.

“As parents, we are incredibly proud of him. The fact that the prime minister has taken time to recognize Shrimp’s dedication to help poorly children in their time of need is absolutely fantastic.”

Other challenges the teenager has completed include BMX stunts, cycling from Brighton to Portsmouth, the highest, fastest and longest zip wire in Europe blindfolded and abseiled off a huge viaduct enough times until he had covered the distance of the Empire State Building.

Lewes Old Grammar School headteacher Robert Blewitt added: “Honestly, Daniel deserves every bit of this recognition.

“Every year his sponsored challenges get more elaborate so that he can raise even more for Chestnut Tree House. We are just glad that his tremendous determination to help other children has been rewarded. Well done, Daniel.”