A young girl from Garston who has been fundraising by riding her bike for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre has been awarded a Blue Peter Badge for her achievements.
Seven-year-old Olivia Alcorano managed to double the amount of money raised for the scanner centre – which is co-located with Mount Vernon Cancer Centre – in less than a month and has so far raised £2,700.
Olivia plans to continue pedalling until she returns to school in September and her dad Tino said he is very proud she has been awarded the blue badge.
The email received from Blue Peter read: “We currently have a 10-week wait to hear back from us with badges awarded, but we are happy to make an exception for Olivia as we think she has done brilliantly.”
She also had the pleasure of meeting professional boxer Anthony Joshua, who wished her all the best for her bike rides.
This challenge is very dear to Olivia as her dad Tino was diagnosed cancer twice at the centre.
Tino, talking about his daughter’s achievements said: “She has also been lined up to be sponsored by Caledonian Construction Services.
“I am so proud of her; this is a massive achievement for any seven-year-old to be riding seven miles a day non-stop.”
She learned to ride her bike during the lockdown period and has been pedalling with her dad ever since.
If you want to help Olivia raise money, please donate to justgiving.com/fundraising/tino-alcorano1