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Preston schoolboy raises thousands for cancer charity

Posted on - 13th September, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, College, Fulwood, Health, People, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Lewis hands over a cheque for £3,000 to Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s Rebecca Arestidou

Summer might have meant staying put for Preston schoolboy Lewis Simpson, but that didn’t stop him from staying still.

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The sporty 12-year-old used his holiday from Kirkham Grammar School to run, walk and cycle 1,000km to raise £3,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Lewis, who plays rugby for Preston Grasshoppers and is a member of Longridge Gymnastics Club, even drew up a spreadsheet to help him keep to his weekly 100 mile target.

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He decided to set himself the challenge to ‘give back’ to the charity after his mum, Natalie, received treatment for breast cancer at Rosemere when he was seven-years-old.

Lewis said: “Rosemere looked after my mum through six months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. They helped my family through a really tough time. I wanted to make the best of this strange summer by raising money for the charity so it can help more families through tough times.

“I never thought I would raise as much money as I have. I was hoping for £1,000 so to have tripled that amount is amazing and I would like to thank everyone who supported me.”

Preston schoolboy Lewis finishes his challenge
Preston schoolboy Lewis finishes his challenge

Rebecca Arestidou, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s Preston area fundraising co-ordinator, said: “Lewis is a hero for what he’s done.

“A 1,000km is a massive target for a boy of his age and to keep going week in, week out takes huge determination. Congratulations Lewis and thank you to those who sponsored him.”

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Proud mum, Natalie said: “Lewis was pretty tired at the end of his challenge but delighted he’d made it. We’re so grateful so many people got behind him.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer and radiotherapy treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and also at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties.

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