Five leeds pupils who raised £11,000 for Cancer Research UK have picked up a national award for their charity work.
James Goldberg, Benjie Ambler, Ollie Walton, Finlay Bruce and Adam Best, from The Leeds Grammar School, scooped the Young Volunteer of the Year accolade at the Cancer Research UK Flame of Hope awards.
The pupils were honoured after raising £11,000 from a sponsored cycle ride in memory of James’ dad Richard, who died of cancer in 2013, aged 42.
The year seven pupils cycled the Leeds-Liverpool canal 127 miles in just three days during the summer holidays last year.
James, who was inspired by his father’s passion for cycling, said: “My dad was always happy and always helped others by supporting charities or giving his time to raise money. I want to be just like him.”
James also won a Jewish Pride Award – The Richard Goldberg Male Life Time Achievement Award, named after his father – for his determination to get through his loss whilst achieving something extraordinary with his friends.
Mum Debbie Goldberg said: “When Richard was diagnosed with cancer he needed hope.
“He would get comfort from organisations like Cancer Research UK as they are making progress and breakthroughs all the time.
“Richard was a very charitable person and it’s wonderful James wants to be like him and even after his passing he can still be the positive role model for James.
“James, his friends and their parents have all made it happen. My son is a very determined boy and he amazes me every day with how brave, strong and capable he is.”