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

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.”