Letchworth dad inspires Pixmore Junior School pupils to ride around Greenway to raise £1,200 for Cancer Research UK
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A Letchworth dad’s treatment for cancer, a brain haemorrhage and a tumour has inspired his 11-year-old son and six of his friends to cycle around the Greenway for charity.
The magnificent seven – Theo Nobbs, Charlie Oates, Sebastian Panico, Daniel Slater, Aaron Etienne, Brandon Owen and Cameron MacDonald, all of whom go to Pixmore Junior School – undertook the 13.6-mile ride in aid of Cancer Research UK, for which they have raised almost £1,200.
They were inspired by Theo’s 54-year-old dad Andy, who suffered a brain haemorrhage about two months ago and then underwent open-brain surgery to remove a rare tumour lodged in his brain. He is now undergoing radiotherapy.
“After the stress of SATS we wanted to do something nice for people,” said Theo.
The team had the idea after thinking of Andy’s situation while cycling together one day after school.
Theo’s mum Caroline and Daniel’s mum Claire accompanied them around the Greenway to make sure everything went smoothly.
Andy, who lives in Sollershott West, said: “This has been the hardest time of my life, but I have learned the love and support of your family and friends is beyond compare. It is truly and literally a life-giving force.
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“These caring boys took the initiative decided to raise the money for charity off their own back. We should be very proud of them all for such a fantastic effort.
“In an age when kids get slated for being obsessed with material things, this shows how good kids can be. I’m so proud of them.”
The boys set an initial target of £200, but have raised more than six times that, including Gift Aid.
If you’d like to add to this, see justgiving.com/Caroline-Nobbs1.