A nine-year-old with a love of gardening has helped the charity that is assisting his Army veteran dad to recover from PTSD.

Cameron Campbell, from Northallerton, planted vegetable seeds on a windowsill, which grew into a bumper crop and sold out within days, raising £130 for Help for Heroes.

Pumpkins, beans, squash, peas and tomato plants went on sale for 50p each on the stall he set up with a poster in the front garden of his home.

Cameron CampbellCameron Campbell (Image: HELP FOR HEROES)

His mum Rachael said: "Every day Cameron came home from school, tending to his plants and checked how much he had raised.  He even put in some money from his moneybox. 

"I explained to him that he didn't have to but he replied "But it's my money mummy and I want to help".”

Cameron with parents David and RachaelCameron with parents David and Rachael (Image: HELP FOR HEROES)

“We have been overwhelmed by how generous people have been and how much they have donated to a cause that means so much to us as a family. We have been blown away.”

Cameron’s dad, David, who joined the Army at the age of 17, served with the Queen's Own Highlanders and was deployed on six tours to Northern Ireland and Iraq.

Cameron and his dad David Cameron and his dad David (Image: HELP FOR HEROES)

He was diagnosed with PTSD in 2019 as a result of what he had experienced in war zones and has benefited from specialist mental health counselling through the Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds team.

Cameron, a year four pupil at Alverton Community Primary School, has had his horticultural hobby nurtured by his teachers, especially Mrs Pringle, who gave him the pack of seeds that started his fundraiser.

His mum Rachael added: “We are so thankful to everyone who has supported us and we are so proud of Cameron who has enjoyed collecting for such an amazing cause. When David needed Help for Heroes they were there for him with counselling that is targeted at veterans as they understand what he has been through.

“Help for Heroes has given Cameron his daddy back. Without the support Help for Heroes has given to my husband, I am not sure if he would have made it through. I will be forever grateful.”