Callum claims Kindest Kid award
Callum Flynn, a member of England's physical disability cricket team, has been named as Britain’s Kindest Kid after topping the public vote in a national TV competition run by the Charities Aid Foundation and 5 News.
The 16-year-old student from Lancashire received a trophy to recognise his achievement, in addition to £1,000 and a further £1,000 to give to charity.
Since beating bone cancer at the age of 14, Callum has raised nearly £15,000 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) as well as speaking at the charity’s conferences to give others fighting the disease hope about life after cancer.
Callum’s fundraising activities range from organising a charity ball and taking part in the Great North Run to a week-long ‘Pound the Streets’ campaign, which got members of his community in Leigh involved in his fundraising efforts.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who met Callum when the Britain’s Kindest Kid finalists visited Downing Street recently, said: “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’.”
Emma Crosby, 5 News presenter, said: “Callum has done amazing work raising thousands of pounds for the Bone Cancer Research Trust and his achievement to represent England at cricket is truly inspiring. He’s such a kind down-to-earth young man and truly deserves to be named as this year’s Britain’s Kindest Kid.”
John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “What Callum has achieved since his illness has been truly remarkable. He has used his experiences to help others, raising not just cash but awareness about a disease that is not well known. He really deserves the title Britain’s Kindest Kid.”
Britain’s Kindest Kid, which is now in its fourth year, aims to recognise and reward the extraordinary achievements of children aged between five and 16. The five finalists all demonstrated the impressive things they have done to improve the lives of others and make a real difference.