Sheffield schoolboy’s charity ride

Sheffield youngster Shaun Daley and his granddad Mark Phillips. Shaun organised a sponsored bike ride for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Sheffield youngster Shaun Daley and his granddad Mark Phillips. Shaun organised a sponsored bike ride for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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A Sheffield schoolboy whose grandmother’s battle with cancer inspired a fundraising mission got on his bike in the name of charity.

Youngster Shaun Daley smashed the £2,000 mark for Macmillan Cancer Support after tackling a sponsored ride.

Accompanied by his granddad, Mark Phillips, the 11-year-old wowed family and friends by using his little legs to cover 27 miles.

The pair donned green wigs and foam hands in an homage to Sheffield’s ‘mad man with a pram’ John Burkhill to complete the feat.

And in a special tribute to his beloved ‘nanan’ Barbara Phillips, 62, of Chapeltown, who is recovering from skin cancer, the youngster made sure the bike ride route passed by her house.

Proud mum Sonia Daley, of Ecclesfield, said: “It was all organised by Shaun – he does it all himself and he was so proud when he did it.

“He raised another £643 for Macmillan, which means he’s now raised £2,700.”

The bike ride was the latest in a string of fundraising events Shaun has organised since Barbara received her diagnosis last summer.

It began with a non-uniform day, raffle and bake sale at Monteney Primary School, where he is a pupil, and was followed by a sponsored walk.

Shaun also took part in a sponsored climb with best pal Joshua Lockwood earlier in the year.

In May Shaun’s efforts were honoured at The Star’s Superkids awards, where he was given special recognition.

Next on the agenda is Macmillan’s Dress Up and Dance Day at his school on June 28.

Sonia added: “There definitely doesn’t seem to be any sign of him stopping.

“His nan is so proud of him, I think she tells everyone about him.

“She’s doing really well. She had to go in for a few tests the other week and we were a bit worried but they’ve come back all clear up to now which is really good news.

“Shaun is doing Dress Up and Dance and then he’ll be planning the next thing.”