Young jack is a charity bike marvel

Jack Cartwright with Team GB 110m hurdlist James Taylor
Jack Cartwright with Team GB 110m hurdlist James Taylor

A WIGAN youngster raised more than £1,600 for charity in memory of a family friend who died from cancer.

Completing a four-mile bike ride in just 22 minutes, eight-year-old Jack Cartwright cycled in remembrance of Deanna Seddon who lost her battle with the disease last August aged just 42.

The Springfield Sacred Heart Primary School pupil is donating the money to Wigan and Leigh Hospice who had previously helped the dear friend.

Team GB’s 110m hurdler, James Taylor, presented Jack with his trophy after his 15-lap ride at the Robin Park arena.

The Beech Hill youngster originally planned to complete the ride over two miles but his mum, Tracey, said that he was determined to challenge himself further so he doubled the length just before the journey.

And to show her support, Tracey bought Jack a new bike for his birthday in November to mark the event but he wanted to use his previous cycle for the event to provide him with some added luck.

She said: “We are so proud of Jack and know Deanna will be too.

“He is a very thoughtful boy and always willing to help others.

“It was freezing cold and such an emotional day.

“At one point I thought he would stop as he couldn’t feel his hands - even though he had gloves on! But he had people there to cheer him on and keep him going.

“He completed the ride on his old bike, despite us buying him a new one, as he said he felt more comfortable doing it, his little legs didn’t stop for a second bless him.

“All family and friends arrived to support Jack.

“We always knew that he would complete the bike ride for such a worthwhile cause because Deanna meant so much to him.

“We would like to thank everyone who sponsored him and supported him on the night for this very worthwhile cause.”