AN inspirational teenager has been named as a finalist in a national TV competition to find ‘Britain’s Kindest Kid’.
Myerscough College student Callum Flynn, 16, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer on his 14th birthday, and underwent a gruelling course of chemotherapy and major titanium knee replacement surgery.
In the two years that followed Callum has raised nearly £15,000 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust, through a range of fundraising events.
The nomination comes only a week after the cricket studies student, as reported last week, received a call-up to play for the England Disability Cricket team on their historic first ever International tour to Dubai next year.
The long list of Callum’s charitable activities is remarkable for someone so young.
He has organised and taken part in a sponsored bike ride, a week-long ‘Pound the Streets’ campaign, the Great North Run (which Callum convinced his local MP, Andy Burnham, to run on his behalf), cake sales and more.
Callum has even spoken at a national Bone Cancer Research Trust conference to give hope to others about life after being diagnosed with a life threatening illnesses. He was also instrumental in supporting the Bone Cancer Research Trust, with a successful campaign to convince NICE to approve the use of a new drug specifically for bone cancer sufferers.
All of this has seen Callum being named as one of the final five in the ‘Britain’s Kindest Kid’ search, being run by 5 News and the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
The stories of the five finalists will be broadcast on 5 News at 5pm all this week. Viewers will then vote by phone, or online to nominate the person who they think is ‘Britain’s Kindest Kid’. The winner will be announced live on 5 News on Wednesday, November 16.
All the five finalists were invited to a special reception at Downing Street last week to personally receive their finalist nominations from Prime Minister David Cameron.
The competition, which is now in its fourth year, was set up to recognise and reward the charitable behaviour of children aged between 5 and 16. The winner will receive £1,000 pocket money and £1,000 to give to the charity of their choice.
Emma Crosby, 5 News presenter said: “These kids are an inspiration and they all truly deserve to be in the final. They have demonstrated acts of real kindness which make a difference to other people’s lives.”
John Low, Chief Executive of CAF 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.”