A TEENAGE cricketer who beat bone cancer to play for England has used his sporting talents to help others - by organising a cricket match for charity.
Callum Flynn, 17, had gruelling chemotherapy, a knee replacement and major surgery after doctors spotted his knee was riddled with a rare and often fatal form of the disease. He was diagnosed on his 14th birthday after complaining of leg pain but, against all the odds, he battled back to sign for Lancashire Disabled Cricket Club and represent his country just two years later.
Now the all-rounder, from Leigh, has hosted a charity match in aid of the Bone Cancer Research Trust, for which he has already raised thousands of pounds.
Callum - who was voted Britain’s kindest kid by the Charities Foundation last year - entered a team which included current and ex-professional Lancashire players and they took on a side put together by his coach, former West Indian pro Ben Johnson.
The game took place at Swinton Moorside Cricket Club, where Callum was playing when his illness was discovered.
Callum, who is studying sport at Myerscough College near Preston, said: “It was the perfect day. I don’t want people to go through what I did so it’s really important we find a cure and that will require money to pay for research.”
Lol Duffy, Swinton Moorside secretary, said: “Not only is Callum a very talented young cricketer but he has done some amazing things to raise awareness and vital funds and we were proud to be able to host this match for him.”