Hawnby boy’s 24-hour trampoline challenge raises more than £800 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

Date: 30 April 2020

Theo Nicholson with his dad, Robin

A 12-year-old boy from Hawnby, near Hemsley, has raised more than £800 for Yorkshire Cancer Research after spending 24 hours on his trampoline. 

Theo Nicholson decided to take on the challenge on in memory of his father, Robin, who died from cancer in 2011. 

Armed with a sleeping bag, a book and some snacks and water, Theo settled in for a night under the stars to pay tribute to his dad and raise funds to help people in Yorkshire survive cancer. 

He said: “I can’t remember my dad that well because I was only three when he died, but I wanted to do something for him. Lots of people are raising money for the NHS right now which is great, but other causes aren’t getting as much support as they used to. That’s why I chose Yorkshire Cancer Research. 

“I really enjoyed the challenge. The best part was probably the food my mum brought to me while I was on the trampoline. She even came out to me in the middle of the night to bring me some hot chocolate.” 

Theo’s dad was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer at the age of 49. Sadly, he passed away less than three months later.

Theo’s mum Catherine said: “It all came out of the blue. When Robin was diagnosed, Theo was three, his brother was just one and a half and I was four months pregnant with my daughter. I gave birth two months after he died. 

“Robin was a farmer and about a month before his diagnosis he took part in a tractor run for charity and took Theo with him. Theo has a very vivid memory of this day with his dad.

“It was quite lonely for him on the trampoline during the night and I think he found it hard not to get off and come inside to watch a film. It was a bit frosty in the morning but he made it through, and his efforts have raised hundreds of pounds for Yorkshire Cancer Research so I’m very proud. It’s quite something for him to do this for a good cause at such a young age.”

To sponsor Theo, please visit www.justgiving.com/theo-nicholson



Contact: Nikki Brady, PR Manager, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Emailnikki.brady@ycr.org.uk

About Yorkshire Cancer Research

  • Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity. 
  • Current statistics show that 594 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. 
  • Our mission is for 2,000 more people to survive cancer every year in Yorkshire. 
  • There are lots of cancer problems across the region that need to be tackled on a local level. We work in partnership with researchers, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to fund innovative work in four key areas: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials.
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