Brave Sam McAllister completes gruelling challenge in memory of father

Basingstoke Gazette: Sam at the challenge Sam at the challenge

A YOUNG cerebral palsy sufferer has completed a gruelling challenge in memory of his late father.

Eleven-year-old Sam McAllister, who was born with the condition, competed in the 2.8km Green Park Challenge, in Reading, to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

Sam, who lives with his mum Hayley, in Lennon Way, Brighton Hill, Basingstoke, wanted to raise money for the charity in memory of his father Marc, who died in June 2009 after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Marc, who was just 36 when he died, was diagnosed with a tumour in his lung in 2005 and was later found to have developed a tumour in his spine and additional tumours in his brain.

Macmillan Cancer Support provided the family with a nurse who supported them and provided information and advice.

The 11-year-old raised more than £1,100 for the charity after he started fundraising on February 19.

Sam’s aunt Jennie Utting said: “We are so, so proud of him – he has done amazing well. He has got money from our family, and friends and teachers at school have sponsored him. We are all so proud of him – he is an amazing boy.”

To donate money to Sam’s appeal, visit justgiving.com/SamMcAllister.

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