WHEN a nine-year-old learnt to ride his bike during lockdown, he never expected his efforts would raise more than £1,000 for Macmillan and catch the attention of a Wolves player.

Harry Greaves, from Latchford, has been putting his new skill to the test by cycling five kilometres a day for two weeks, raising a total of £1,045 for the cancer support charity.

The youngster was inspired by his grandmother, who underwent surgery for ovarian cancer in March and was cared for and supported by Macmillan Nurses.

Harry’s mum Suzanne said: “He’s an amazing, caring little lad and we could not be more proud of him.

“He adores his nanny and knew how brilliant the Macmillan team had been with her and just wanted to do something to show his gratitude.

“He couldn’t even ride a bike a few weeks ago as he’d always been put off by the busy streets, but lockdown has meant the roads were quieter and there’s been no stopping him.”

Harry’s efforts were recognised by Warrington Wolves captain Chris Hill, who made a surprise doorstep visit to congratulate him and gave him a signed ball.

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Across the UK, an estimated quarter of a million people with cancer fall into the clinically vulnerable category for coronavirus.

Jane Melvin, Macmillan Cancer Support’s head of partnerships north and northwest said: “Our Macmillan clinical teams are doing an incredible job supporting people living with cancer at this extremely challenging time.

“The money that Harry has raised will help Macmillan to continue to support people living with cancer throughout Warrington, Cheshire and Merseyside.

“It’s crucial that the government urgently sets out a clear plan of how cancer services will be prioritised in the NHS and the backlog cleared as quickly and safely as possible to ensure people with cancer don’t miss out on the critical support and treatment they need.”

Macmillan recently launched an emergency fundraising appeal alongside a whole host of virtual support services.

Visit donation.macmillan.org.uk/Donation/MakeWith?fc=febcash2020.