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Shetland schoolboy dubbed 'Britain's loneliest' inundated with cards

Reddit user, Ross McMahon, made an online plea for people to send Christmas cards to Aron Anderson.

Aron Anderson: The schoolboy received more than 2000 Christmas letters.
Aron Anderson: The schoolboy received more than 2000 Christmas letters. STV

A ten-year-old from a remote Scottish island, who has been dubbed Britain's loneliest schoolboy, has received more than 2000 Christmas cards from around the world after an online plea.

Aron Anderson featured in a story in The Telegraph newspaper describing his life as the only pupil at Skerries Community School and how he had befriended a flock of ducks for company.

Reddit user Ross McMahon spotted the story and decided to appeal to the online community to share some festive cheer with Aron.

His family have since been inundated with letters and cards from around the world, with a new sack arriving every time the ferry ports with deliveries.

Response: Aron has received 2000 letters and counting.
Response: Aron has received 2000 letters and counting. This Morning

Aron and his mother Denise Anderson made the 13-hour trip to London to be interviewed on This Morning.

Mr McMahon also appeared in the segment via Skype.

He explained to presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that he had been moved by Aron's plight.

He said: "I had seen the story and I thought I was in a position to do something about it, so I did.

"I didn't really expect it to get so big. I cant believe the response from our subscribers and around the world. It's unbelievable."

Mrs Anderson added: "We've had cards from Canada, Australia, Japan, Belgium and France. It takes quite a long time to open them all."

Aron is the only pupil left at the school on a tiny island, after older students moved on to secondary earlier this year and he spends most of his time with his dog, the ducks and a flock of sheep.

Shetland schoolboy Aron Anderson inundated with Christmas cards after online plea from Reddit user. Pic from broadcast still. Uploaded on Dec 22 2015.
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