Sheffield schoolboy’s award nod for football walk

Jake Brady, ten, is doing a sponsored walk from SUFC to SWFC to raise money for PACT
Jake Brady, ten, is doing a sponsored walk from SUFC to SWFC to raise money for PACT
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A caring schoolboy who decided to walk between Sheffield’s two football clubs to help sick youngsters has been suggested for an award.

Football-mad Jake Brady, 10, could win a humanitarian citizen award from the Red Cross after his story featured in The Star.

The Sheffield Wednesday fan is walking from rival club Sheffield United to Hillsborough to boost the coffers of the Parents Association of Children With Tumours and Leukaemia charity - and is even donning a specially made shirt featuring both sides.

Intake Primary School pupil Jake decided he had to help after reading the stories of children with cancer.

And now the Red Cross hope he could win the award, which recognises inspirational youngsters as a thank you for all his hard work.

A Red Cross spokesman said: “The Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Award celebrates the extraordinary things ordinary young people do.

“At ten years old Jake is an inspiration who is making a positive contribution to the lives of others.

He has voluntarily campaigned to raise £460 for the Parents Association of Children With Tumours and Leukaemia.

“The Red Cross is really keen to give young people like Jake a well-deserved thank you.”

Jake has already smashed his fundraising target for the walk on Saturday, June 8, collecting more than £500.

PACT supports families of children being treated for cancer or leukaemia at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Jake’s mum Alison, of Wadsworth Drive, Intake, said many more people had sponsored Jake after seeing his story in The Star.

The proud 40-year-old added: “Jake is absolutely chuffed to bits with the response to the article.

“When I told him about the award he said ‘why me?’

“I don’t think he understands the enormity of what he has done.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/JAKEBRADY to sponsor Jake on his walk.