Callum is Britain’s kindest youngster

surprise: The moment Callum Flynn received his award in front of his classmates          Picture: KEVIN MCGUINNESS
surprise: The moment Callum Flynn received his award in front of his classmates Picture: KEVIN MCGUINNESS
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MEET Britain’s kindest kid.

Callum Flynn, 16, was cheered on by his classmates at Myerscough College after he was crowned 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.

The youngster, who attends Myerscough College, was also instrumental in supporting the BCRT by persuading NICE to approve the use of a new drug for bone cancer sufferers.

On Wednesday last week Callum was met by television crews and classmates at the college as he received his award.

He said: “I still can’t believe I’ve won. I had no idea what was going on this morning it was all a big surprise.

“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 still a bit in shock and it’s going to take a few days to sink in.

“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.”

Prime Minister David Cameron added his own congratulations to the young fundraiser, saying: ““All of the finalists of Britain’s Kindest Kid are remarkable young people and 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.””

A keen cricketer from a young age, Callum,who now has a titanium knee, has recently been called up to play for the England Disability Cricket team.

Callum added: “Hopefully by winning this award, it will help raise more awareness of their work and about the rare form of the disease.”