Woody, nine, cycles from Irthlingborough to Kettering in support of cousin with brain tumour

Woody did a sponsored bike ride for his cousin Mikayla
Woody did a sponsored bike ride for his cousin Mikayla

A nine-year-old boy has raised more than £300 for charity after being inspired by his cousin who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of four.

Woody Healey set himself the challenge of cycling from his Irthlingborough home to his nan’s house in Kettering.

Woody on his sponsored bike ride

Woody on his sponsored bike ride

His inspiration came from his cousin Mikayla, who is just a couple of months younger than him but has been suffering with a brain tumour since she was four.

She has had many operations and been through gruelling bouts of chemotherapy, but she has not had to have any further chemotherapy for nearly a year so she is now concentrating on helping other children with cancer to have a treat for themselves or as a whole family.

Woody has a donation page, which says: “I’m Woody aged nine and I want to help my cousin raise some money for this lovely charity.

“My cousin is only five months younger than me.”

I am extremely proud of him

Kerrey Healey

Woody did his eight-mile bike ride in one hour, three minutes and 38 seconds on Friday.

Woody’s mum Kerrey Healey said Mikayla is losing her sight due to where the tumour is, but she is stable and ‘doing ok’ nearly five years since the treatment started.

Kerrey added: “Because she’s had help while she was going through chemotherapy from other charities, she wanted to do her own charity to help other children with brain tumours and give something back.

“She has already helped two or three children.”

Woody has raised more than �300

Woody has raised more than �300

The charity aims to give ‘trips, treats and treasure boxes’ to children with cancer.

And Woody wanted to show his support as he and his family can’t always go along to fundraisers organised by Mikayla’s family who live near to Oxford.

Kerrey said: “They do a lot of fundraising down there but we can’t make a lot of them so Woody said he would like to do a bike ride for her.

“He stopped twice for a drink, his dad was following him and he said his legs got tired at Windmill Avenue in Kettering.

“I am extremely proud of him.

“It’s nice that he wanted to do something for someone else.”

Kerrey said Woody enjoyed the ride and he would like to do it again, but next time he wants to beat his current time.

His original fundraising target was £100, but he smashed that in the first 24 hours and has gone on to raise £316.

If you would like to make a donation and add to Woody’s fundraising total, go to www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/woody_bike_ride.

For more information about the Team Mikayla charity, go to http://teammikayla.co.uk/