Schoolboy ready for Race for Life

Alfie Callaghan with his mum Rachelle (left) and Andrea Loughran the Assistant Head Teacher of St Lawrence's CE Primary School, Barton.
Alfie Callaghan with his mum Rachelle (left) and Andrea Loughran the Assistant Head Teacher of St Lawrence's CE Primary School, Barton.
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Little life saver Alfie Callaghan is helping keep the memory of his former teaching assistant alive.

For the heroic eight-year- old will be joining hundreds of runners in the Cancer Research Race for Life tomorrow to raise money in memory of popular mum-of-three Nicola Lamoury who died in 2013 a month after being diagnosed with melanoma.

Nicola, from Broughton, Preston, worked at Alfie’s school Barton St Lawrence CE.

She had been prompted to go to the doctor’s after her hairdresser spotted a black mark on her head. She was diagnosed with melanoma in the September and died in October.

Alfie did the Race for Life last year and decided to run the race again this year to raise more money for Cancer Research.

He is running with mum Rachelle, whose life he saved when he rang for help after finding her doubled up in pain on the floor at family home.

Since them he has put together a plan of action for classmates and pals at Ist Longsands Beavers so they would know what to do in an emergency.

Rachelle said: “He did so well last year he raised over £300 for the charity. He’s said ‘It’s only a little contribution but it will help someone somewhere’.

“He absolutely loves running. He runs at school and we go running and out on our bikes every week.

“He decided to do it last year as we lost my grandmother the November previous. She didn’t have cancer, he just wanted to run in her memory. Both my grandfather’s passed away from cancer I’m just so proud of him, we all are.

“He’s always wanting to help others wherever he can and this is just another example of it.”

The youngster is hoping to beat the £300 plus he raised last year.

He’s even got his own sponsorship sage and and Rachelle’s bosses at Co-Operative funeral care have promised donate another £100 to www.justgiving.com/racheycallaghan and the text code is RARA83 £2 to 70070

- Are you doing Race for Life in Preston? Log on to lep.co.uk on Sunday and buy Monday’s paper for lots of great pictures from the event