HADDENHAM: fundraising teenagers honoured
PUBLISHED: 10:26 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:38 04 May 2010
AN INSPIRATIONAL teenage cancer patient and his friends have won an award for their fundraising. Callum Brown was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in February and since then has raised thousands of pounds for charity with the help of his two best f
AN INSPIRATIONAL teenage cancer patient and his friends have won an award for their fundraising.
Callum Brown was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in February and since then has raised thousands of pounds for charity with the help of his two best friends, Harvey Feltwell and Lewis Bendall-Craft.
The boys, all 13 years old, were named junior winners in the Young Person of the Year Awards (YOPEYs).
They collected their prize - £250 cash - from Julie Spence, Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, at the awards ceremony at Cambridge Airport on Thursday.
She said: "It is so good to see friends helping each other and thinking of other people."
She said Callum had shown "incredible strength and positivity" in turning his bad news into motivation.
She added: "Thirteen can be such a selfish age - but not for these three boys."
YOPEY founder Tony Gearing said all three boys had been on an "extraordinary journey" since Callum received his diagnosis.
He said: "Harvey had his hair shaved off so he looked like Callum and raised £1,000. Lewis, who lost his mum to breast cancer seven years ago, found the strength to go and see Callum in hospital."
Earlier this year, Callum led 35 friends and family in the Relay for Life and raised over £7,000.
The award was made extra special as one of this year's youth judges was Soham Village College student Liam Fairhurst, last year's Junior Winner, who is also a cancer patient.
Liam said: "This was an easy choice for me as I know how hard it is to go through cancer treatment and fundraise."
The boys were supported at the awards by a party of 30 friends and family from Haddenham and their school, Witchford Village College.
Mr Gearing said: "They let out a huge roar and shouted 'Go Callum, go Callum' when their prize was announced."
The boys split their prize four ways, taking £42 each and donating £126 to the Arthur Rank Hospice where Lewis's mum died.