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10-year-old taking on 90 mile cycle for his Grandma

10-year-old taking on 90 mile cycle for his Grandma

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 8:02am 13th April 2019.

A young boy from Butlers Cross is cycling almost 90 miles today all for his Grandma.

Callum Smith will be riding from Butlers Cross to West Sussex, with his mum Jennie, all for charity.

He's raising money for OcuMel UK which supports people with Ocular Melanoma, which his Grandma was diagnosed with last year.

It's an extremely rare eye cancer, only around 600 people per year are diagnosed with the condition in the UK.

What is OcuMel UK?

10-year-old cycling almost 90 miles for his Grandma
Callum and his mum, Jennie, came in to Mix96 to tell us about his challenge

OcuMel UK provides both support and a voice for those with rare cancer, their aim is to bring treatments in line with those for more common cancers.

The route takes him from his house near Wendover to his Grandma's house in Angmering.

They are setting off early this morning and the challenge will most likely take them two days.

Callum told us why she means so much to him:

 "She means quite a lot to me, we've always loved her.

"She reacted quite emotionally when I told her what I was doing and she started crying over the phone."

Callum wants people to take note of how important regular eye check ups are for children and parents.

Ocular Melanoma can often not show any symptoms, as was his Grandma.

His mum, Jennie added:

"I am extremely proud of Callum, he came up with the idea and wanted to do this for Granny.

"We often drive down about an hour and 40 minutes to see her on the South Coast and Callum said why don't we cycle it!

"It's over two days and we're going to break it in Guildford which is about 44 miles.

"I know he'll do it, it's fabulous."

Callum has been raising money since last month and has absolutely smashed his target.

He's almost raised £3,000 and would love for your support. 

You can donate here.

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