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Tyler’s sweet fast makes quick cash

Tyler Chamberlain, 8, gave up sweets for a month to raise money for Lewis Sykes.

Tyler Chamberlain, 8, gave up sweets for a month to raise money for Lewis Sykes.

Tyler Chamberlain is a real sweetie.

The kind-hearted eight-year-old has just completed a gruelling month without eating any sugary food, including his favourite sweets, cakes, biscuits and ice cream, in a bid to raise money to help others.

Tyler was inspired to do something charitable after his grandmother, Dawn Thornley, died of pancreatic cancer suddenly last August – just two days after his birthday.

Seeing his dad Kelvin, 33, complete dry January, and hearing about other children less fortunate than him, was enough to spur the Clifton Primary School pupil on.

The youngster, from St Annes, said: “I wanted to be generous and raise money for charity. My nana died of cancer and I wanted to do something to help someone. It makes me feel absolutely great to have raised money, and I hope it makes others feel special and a bit better.”

Mum Alex Sweeney, 27, said: “I’m very proud of him, especially because he’s done it all off his own back. He said he thought he could raise money, and when I told him about other children who need help he said he’d do it.

“It’s had quite a big effect on him, losing his nana, so he wanted to do something in her memory. I think she’d be very proud of him.”

Tyler has so far raised £50 to donate to a children’s charity, and is now already thinking about his next potential charitable endeavour

“I think I’ll go in a bath of beans next time,” he added.

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