June 23, 2018

Charity challenge for eight year-old Callum

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Eight year-old Callum Tucker made the brave decision to take on Heart FM’s promotion as he tuned into the radio one morning.

The challenge of completing 10,000 steps per day was started by the station on behalf of Cancer Research, in which those participating had to reach this goal on each day of June.

Callum decided that he would not only like to challenge himself, but also make a vital difference to the charity by raising money for his efforts.

Approximately 1,500 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, however over three quarters of these now survive due to the medical advances in research.

Without funds, vital research cannot go ahead making fundraising the main source of combating the issue.

In order to complete his challenge effectively, Callum was bought a Fitbit to track his step count so he could be sure he had completed his daily goal.

Callum battled against a number of obstacles along the way, including falling in a nettle bush, getting stung by a bee and even facing some of the hottest temperatures the UK has ever seen during a heat wave.

However, Callum wasn’t to be deterred, never believing he wouldn’t be able to complete his 10,000 target each and every day.

Making sure he managed his step count target, Callum once walked from Gorse Hill to Croft Road when asked to attend a sleepover.

He then walked from Old Town to Gorse Hill after a friend’s BBQ – refusing to have a lift, which would have been the easier option.

And it is not only walking that Callum has participated in during the month.

He also set up an assault course in his garden for ‘ninja training’ with his little sister, as well as completing a challenging 2km park run at Lydiard.

In the hope of raising £100 at the end of the month for his efforts, Callum has exceeded all expectations by reaching 671% of his initial target at the time of writing.

In total, the current figure stands at £671 or £831.25 with Gift Aid, which has made him the happiest boy on the planet. He simply cannot thank everyone enough for their support and contributions.

Those that have been touched by Callum’s story can still donate to the cause.

Please follow this link (https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/callum-tucker) where online donations can be made with the click of a button.

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