1174. Beau McKee
Beau McKee, aged 11, from Cleator Moor, Cumbria, is a young campaigner who has raised over £28,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by undertaking 501 runs over 501 days.
Inspired by his dad, ‘Marathon Man’ and our 848th Point of Light Gary McKee, Beau decided to fundraise for the charity himself, committing to running at least three miles every day for the month of January 2018. Motivated to keep helping people, Beau extended his challenge to 501 days, ending today, May 16th. In the past year and four months, Beau has run every day, despite adverse weather conditions or holidays, inspiring his family and his entire community to join him in his daily runs. Last August, Beau also ran a half marathon, raising £1,500 to help a local woman with a rare cancer condition seek treatment in the USA.
Beau was surprised at his school assembly with a presentation from his local MP Trudy Harrison (pictured).
In a personal letter to Beau, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“You should feel very proud of your extraordinary fundraising effort, completing a daily run for the last 501 days. The donations you have secured will have a profound impact on people’s lives, ensuring they receive the support they need. Well done for all that you have achieved!”
Trudy Harrison, Beau’s local MP for Copeland, said:
“The grit and determination which Beau has shown throughout this challenge is fantastic. Following in the footsteps of his father Gary, Beau is exceptional, a shining star and is a credit to his family, Copeland and Britain.
“I am delighted Beau has been chosen to receive the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award for his outstanding voluntary work. He is an exemplary and inspirational young person who has shown initiative, strength and compassion.”
After receiving his award, Beau said:
“I’m proud of myself. It felt amazing finishing the challenge but also sad at the same time because I didn’t want it to finish, I want to help people all the time.”