A SCHOOLBOY is preparing to walk around York’s city walls five times for charity after learning that his grandfather is suffering from cancer.

Danny Aitken, 12, of Beckfield Lane, Acomb, decided to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity in honour of his grandfather John Houston, who is currently battling the disease. Despite suffering from severe asthma, the Manor School pupil said he is determined to finish the ten-mile walk and hopes to raise £2000.

Danny’s mum Antonia said: “He heard that my dad had prostate cancer and he thought, ‘what can I do?’ I suggested that he could raise money for charity and he came up with this idea.

“His Grandad is very proud of him. My mother has found great peace in the fact that he is doing this – it has given her a focus. We are all proud of him.”

Danny will dress in a blue shirt showing the charity’s emblem and will carry a collection box as he takes part in the walk with his mum on Saturday, July 9. He will be joined by dad Ian and friends and family for spells throughout the walk.

Danny said: “I thought it was a good idea to help out, not just with my grandad, but for other people that have got cancer too. My family have said it’s very thoughtful and brave I am doing it. It’s something I feel I have to do.”

Mr Houston, who lives in Northern Ireland, did not have any symptoms of the illness, meaning that he has been late to receive treatment. Mrs Aitken said the family would like to encourage more men to go for potentially lifesaving routine check-ups.

If you would like to donate money and will not get the chance to see Danny on the day, his sponsorship page is justgiving.com/Antonia-Aitken