Saturday, April 19, 2014
An enterprising 10-year-old has done his bit to help beat cancer by running, cycling and paddling around Bicton.
Freddie Squire was inspired to help the fight against the disease after losing his grandmother Pat to it two years ago.
Without asking for any help from his parents, Freddie, who attends St Peter’s School, went round his neighbours at Bicton, where his dad Phil works, collecting sponsorship for a triathlon.
The challenge began with a run to Bicton’s lake, where he jumped in a kayak for a paddle around its perimeter.
That done, he jumped on his bike and rode to the Bicton equine unit, then the BMX track, which he lapped three times, then back home.
The challenge took him about an hour to complete, while being cheered on by brother Robin and friends Blake and Jaydene, who also attend St Peter’s.
Freddie said: “The cycling was the hardest part, as I still had my wetsuit on while I was riding.
“My gran had to go through something horrible, and I wanted to do something hard so people would sponsor me.”
Through his efforts, and thanks to the support of his neighbours and family friends online, Freddie was able to raise £45, which he has now handed over to Cancer Research UK.
Freddie’s mum Beverley said: “We didn’t know about it until he came in and said ‘Here’s the sponsorship form’. What he’s done is really good. We’re very proud, and his gran would have been very proud.”