Global challenge in Liam’s memory

Callum Fairhurst ANL-150226-150455001
Callum Fairhurst ANL-150226-150455001

A teenager is planning to cycle across the world in a bid to raise £100,000 for the foundation set up in memory of his brother who died of cancer.

Seventeen-year-old Callum Fairhurst, from Soham will be pedalling through a range of countries including New Zealand, Australia, India and Switzerland, enduring extremes of temperatures and terrain.

He also plans to visit Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Europe Canada and the United States.

He will be raising money in memory of his brother Liam who died in 2009 aged 14 after a four year battle with cancer.

By the time of his death, Liam had collected almost £340,000, mainly for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and an estimated further £7 million was raised in his name. Liam’s fundraising began in 2006 when his friend Jack Wilkinson, died of cancer aged 12.

Liam decided to raise money for a holiday home in Yorkshire for families living with childhood cancer.

Barely able to walk, he began fundraising with a one-mile swim.

As well as supporting the foundation set up in his brother’s name, Callum will also be raising funds for Free the Children in India and Serious Fun Camps which offers opportunities to sick children.

“It will be an experience and an opportunity to see the world. The point of going is not just to look at the world but also help young people in the countries I visit,” said Callum.

“Liam inspired many people with his selfless attitude, determination and smile.

“He left behind inspiration not just for me but for many.”

“Liam taught me that life is for living and life is for giving.

“This is the opportunity to have a brilliant experience and an opportunity to give something back.”

Callum will be setting off on his world cycle trek just a week or so after finishing his A levels at Hills Road Sixth Form in Cambridge.

He has been supported by The Atrium Club in Ely who will get him in training for the cycle as well as local businesses.

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