Schoolboy Adam Collis copied his hero Captain Tom by pushing himself to the limit to help others.
Adam spent his half-term holiday cycling 50 laps of his local park raising funds for St Ann’s where his late grandmother was a patient.
The challenge in East Avenue Park, near his home in Heald Green, was a test of endurance for 11-year-old Adam, who has cerebral palsy and was once told he would never cycle.
Mum Sue said: “From day one medical experts said he’d never be able to ride a bike. We even went for an assessment two weeks ago and they couldn’t believe he could balance himself enough to ride without stabilisers.
“He’s quite determined and a couple of years ago said he wanted to ride a bike like everyone else. At first, I had to push him, then he took off and did it himself.
“He loved Captain Sir Tom Moore who was much like Adam in his determination to do something. He thinks that if someone that old could walk 100 lengths of his garden, then he can do this.”
Adam, who attends Etchells Primary School, has raised £1,000 for St Ann’s so far where Rita Gallagher, 73, spent six weeks before she died of cancer in August.
Sue said: “The care was amazing and it wasn’t just about my mum, but all of us. It was so personal and nurses worried about us, as well as mum. Unfortunately, Adam couldn’t visit his nana on the ward because of Covid so they met in the hospice gardens.
“Last year the focus was all on NHS and we got a leaflet from St Ann’s saying it was the 50th birthday, so Adam said he’d like to do something for nana and raise funds to help others.”
I love being on my bike which is my favourite thing, along with my scooter. I don't play video games or anything like that because I prefer to be outside. The challenge was hard but I enjoyed it and want to thank everyone who has donated. Adam Collis
Our Chief Executive, Rachel McMillan, said:
Huge thanks to Adam for taking on this amazing challenge, we’re so grateful for all of his hard work and support - what an inspirational way to spend the school holidays. The support of our local community is arguably more important than ever as we continue to provide services during the pandemic, so we can’t thank Adam and everyone who has made a donation enough. The money raised will help us provide specialist care to patients and their loved ones too. Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive