VIDEO: Kingsthorpe pupil launches £6,000 fundraising challenge for Macmillan in memory of grandad

A caring Kingsthorpe pupil has been busy raising money with his classmates for a charity close to his heart after the loss of his beloved grandad.

Mason Fletcher-Brown, nine, set about fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support after the death of his grandad.

His grandad - Alan Fletcher - died on Boxing Day in 2013 of cancer aged just 52.

Mason, a year four pupil at Green Oaks Primary Academy in Kingsthorpe, said: “My grandma started saving money that she would have spent on Christmas cards to give to Macmillan.

“I said I would start saving my five pences but my mum said I should save my ten pences because they are bigger and worth more money.

“I came up with the idea of the ten pence mile challenge for Macmillan.”

All the children at the school were asked to donate their ten pence coins to put towards the mile target.

On Friday there were enough coins to lay down 70 metres on the school field.

Mason has more coins at home which he hopes will achieve the mile in an attempt to raise £6,000 for Macmillan.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed it.”

A coffee morning with a raffle and stalls was also held at the school in Whiston Road which raised £228.

Rebecca Osborne, principal, said: “We’ve done everything we can to support Mason. We’re very proud of him.

“It was Mason’s idea to do the ten pence challenge and all of the children have been involved.”