BRITAIN’S kindest kid lives in Leigh.
Callum Flynn, 16, is the winner of Britain’s Kindest Kid run by Channel 5 and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
The 16-year-old underwent intensive chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer on his 14th birthday.
Now in remission, Callum has raised nearly £15,000 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) after arranging various fund raising events such as a sponsored bike ride, cake sales and even convinced MP Andy Burnham to complete the Great North Run on his behalf.
The Leigh youngster was also instrumental in supporting the BCRT by persuading NICE to approve the use of a new drug for bone cancer sufferers.
Former Bedford High School pupil, Callum was met by television crews and classmates at Myerscough College in Preston to receive his award.
He said: “I still can’t believe I’ve won. I walked into the sports centre at college to find hundreds of my classmates and the Channel 5 film crew all waiting for me.
“I’m giving the £1,000 prize to the Bone Cancer Research Trust. They are such a fantastic charity and I know the money will really help.”
Callum added: “I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for me and for supporting me, it really means a lot.
“I also want to say thank you to my whole family. They’ve been behind me all the way and without their support I wouldn’t be in this position.”
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I would like to congratulate Callum Flynn on being named as the overall winner for his work for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
“This event is a great way of celebrating these young peoples’ talent and dedication and I hope others will see this, be inspired by their incredible positive vision and think ‘I can do that’.”