A young boy from Warrington was chosen as one of 24 medallists at this years British Citizen Youth Awards, sponsored by Specsavers.

Ted McCaffery was honoured for his incredible efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster.

A staggering amount for charity

10 year old Ted has been fundraising since the age of just three when he took part in the Manchester Fun Run for Cancer Research in memory of his aunt and grandmother. To date he has raised a staggering £85,000.

Ted was born with a congenital heart condition and at the age of six he underwent emergency open-heart surgery at Alder Hey Hospital which saved his life.

Inspired by his own time in the hospital where the television in his room had been broken, Ted wanted to ensure no other children would be bored waiting for their operation. Eight weeks after his open-heart surgery, Ted undertook his first mini-triathlon in order to raise money to replace the broken TV and has been raising money for the hospital as well as the British Heart Foundation ever since.

Continued efforts for charity

Now an Ambassador of Alder Hey Hospital, Ted has completed many more fundraising events, including cake sales, a charity fun run, a golf day and the #showusyourbear campaign which got people to take a photo with their favourite teddy.

Joanne, Ted’s mum, said: 'Ted really is an incredible young child. We’re all incredibly proud of him for receiving this award, and for all the work he’s done for Alder Hey Hospital and the British Heart Foundation.’

Amazing and selfless acts

Ted received his BCyA medal from Ashley Banjo, creative director and lead dancer of Diversity, whose dance troupe won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent.

Ashley said: ‘I am honoured to be able to play a part of the British Citizen Youth Awards in October at the Palace of Westminster. What a fantastic way to recognise these young people that have made a difference to their communities up and down the UK.’ 

Claire Kearns, store director of Specsavers Warrington said: ‘As a partner of the BCyA, it is always uplifting to hear about the amazing and selfless acts performed by youngsters both within our community and across the UK. We want to grow awareness of these achievements and inspire the next generation of children to make a similar positive impact on society.’

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