Schoolboy issues charity cycle appeal

BEST FRIENDS: Charlie Nelson and his brother Reecie.

BEST FRIENDS: Charlie Nelson and his brother Reecie. - Credit: Archant

A selfless schoolboy is gearing up for an epic charity cycle round the coast of Norfolk in memory of his little brother to raise money for a brain tumour charity and help other families affected by the disease.

BRAVE: Reecie Nelson is pictured while undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.

BRAVE: Reecie Nelson is pictured while undergoing treatment for a brain tumour. - Credit: Archant

Reecie Nelson, from Luton, Bedfordshire, was just eight-years-old when he died in September, 2012 - less than a year after he was diagnosed.

Now his brother Charlie, aged 13, is set to cycle 314 miles over 10 days at Easter to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity which cares for people with a brain tumour and their families.

And he is appealing to local businesses interested in sponsoring him, or able to offer him a night's accommodation or meals along the route, for support.

Charlie, who revealed losing his brother was 'the worst day of his life', said: 'Reecie was my best friend and I miss him every day.

'Everything I do is in memory of my brother; I hope my efforts will make a difference and that one day in future no other family will have to suffer the pain and loss as mine did.

'The cycle will be physically far tougher than anything I have ever done before but it's nothing compared to what the children and their parents (affected by the disease) go through every day.'

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The fundraiser starts and finishes at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridgeshire, where Reecie was cared for.

Leaving on March 26 it includes stops at Downham Market, Hunstanton, Sheringham, Hemsby, Kessingland, Aldeburgh, Stowmarket, Thetford and Sudbury.

Charlie's proud mum, Debbie, said: 'He is just an amazing kid. The first Christmas after we lost Reecie he wanted to take some sweets and selection boxes up to the hospital, then the next year he bought loads of Easter eggs with his own pocket money for children in the ward.

'He is funding the cycle himself and chose to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity because it's such an underfunded charity and the biggest cancer killer in children.'

Anyone who can offer Charlie their support should call his mum Debbie on 01582 491516 or email: debs.nelson@hotmail.co.uk

Donations can also be made online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/displaySomeoneSpecialPage.action?pageUrl=ReeceNelson