‘I want to help him live his life’ - Brettenham boy Archy set to take on six charity triathlons for four-year-old’s cancer fight

Twelve year old Archey Stannard, with proud parents Carl and Gemma before embarking on his triathlon

Twelve year old Archey Stannard, with proud parents Carl and Gemma before embarking on his triathlon 200m swim, 4000m bike ride and 2000m run for charity. Photo: Steve Adams

An inspirational 12-year-old spent his weekend enduring a gruelling triathlon as part of a fund-raising campaign for a little boy suffering with cancer.

Twelve year old Archey Stannard, with proud parents Carl and Gemma before embarking on his triathlon

Twelve year old Archey Stannard, with proud parents Carl and Gemma before embarking on his triathlon 200m swim, 4000m bike ride and 2000m run for charity. Photo: Steve Adams

Archy Stannard, who lives on New Road in Brettenham, embarked on the challenge after hearing about the plight of four-year-old Henry Hallam, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was just three years old.

Twelve year old Archey Stannard, with proud parents Carl and Gemma before embarking on his triathlon

Twelve year old Archey Stannard, with proud parents Carl and Gemma before embarking on his triathlon 200m swim, 4000m bike ride and 2000m run for charity. Photo: Steve Adams

On Saturday, Archy swam 200m and was speeding through his 4,000m bike ride at the Hewitt School, in Norwich, when a clash with a competitor knocked him off.

But the setback didn't deter the brave fund-raiser, and he quickly got back on his bike to complete the race - even managing to finish half of his 2,200m run before his leg injury became unbearable.

'He was absolutley devstated, but that's sport, sometimes you have highs and lows,' mother Gemma Stannard, 36, said.


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The race is one of six charity triathlons that the keen sportsman has planned before September - with the final one set to take place at Chantilly Castle in France.

Archy, who is a student at the Iceni Academy in Methwold, said: 'Well Henry is really, really young and he's got his whole life ahead of him.

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'I wanted to help him live that life and help to save his life too. I am quite nervous, but I feel ready.'

Mrs Stannard, who works at Shadwell Stud near Thetford, said: 'I am extremely proud of him. Me, his dad, his other family and just people at work are all so proud - they keep telling me how great it is. It's amazing what he's doing.'

All money raised will go towards helping Henry's family fund his £500,000 treatment.

Henry, who lives in Plymouth, hit the headlines last year when he received more than 700 birthday cards from people around the world after mum Elsie encouraged well-wishers to set a new world record.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.co.uk/archy-stannard

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