AN inspirational teenager was given the thumbs-up by the Prime Minister after getting through to the final of Britain’s Kindest Kid.
Callum Flynn was invited to meet David Cameron at 10 Downing Street after making the five-strong shortlist for the Channel 5-backed national competition.
The 16-year-old, who underwent a gruelling course of chemotherapy after he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer on his 14th birthday, has since raised nearly £15,000 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
As well as masterminding a sponsored bike ride and fund-raising cake sales, Callum, who is now in remission, even convinced Andy Burnham MP to take on the Great North Run on his behalf.
And, in a double celebration, the remarkable youngster, from Leigh, has also been selected to play for the England Disability cricket team against their Pakistan counterparts on their historic five-match tour of Dubai in February.
Following an operation, Callum, a cricket studies student at Myerscough College, now opens the batting with a titanium knee.
He said: “Meeting the Prime Minister was amazing. I just told him all about my work with the charity and gave him a special wristband, which he put on there and then! I told him all about my cricket too and he congratulated me on my England call-up.
“It was a really exciting day - it was right up there with the best things I have ever done.”
The stories of the five finalists will be broadcast on 5 News at 5pm throughout next week. Viewers will then vote by phone or online to choose the person who they think is Britain’s Kindest Kid.
The winner will be announced live on 5 News on Wednesday, November 16, and will win £1,000 pocket money and £1,000 for the charity of their choice.
John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, which jointly runs the awards, said: “This year we had more entries than ever before and the range of inspiring stories made it hard to choose the finalists but Callum stood out. I hope his story will inspire others to follow his lead.”
5 News presenters Emma Crosby and Matt Barbet paid tribute to all the finalists.
They said: “These kids are an inspiration and all truly deserve to be in the final.
“It will be very difficult for people to decide who is the kindest. They all do amazing things to help others, which also does a lot to help break down stereotypes about young people.”