A BOY who suffers from a terminal illness is to enjoy a dream holiday, thanks to a little help from a friend.
Dan Fearon, 26, spent 12 hours on rollerskates on Blackpool Promenade, covering a total of 119km as he raced back and forth between north and south piers.
The sponsored event raised more than £2,000 – enough to send 16-year-old Callum Pollock and his mum Carla to Lapland in the run up to Christmas.
The pair depart from Manchester Airport next week for a holiday which means the world to them.
Carla, 45, of Malvern Avenue, South Shore, said: “We can’t thank Dan enough. He is an amazing guy. This little break makes a world of difference because I am on my own and it is really difficult when you have a child who is ill.
“It is something both and I and Callum can really look forward to and enjoy.”
Callum, a pupil at Highfurlong School, was diagnosed with Hurlers Syndrome when he was five-months-old. It is a rare genetic condition which affects his organs and joints.
He had a bone marrow transplant before his first birthday, designed to prolong his life.
Although his condition cannot be cured, the brave youngster has already proved many people wrong.
Carla added: “When he was first diagnosed I was told he would never talk or walk and wouldn’t live past the age of nine. They got that wrong.
“He has had a lot of treatment but he has only been confined to a wheelchair for the last couple of years.
“He is a lovely lad who never moans, and I am so proud of him.”
Mr Fearon used to teach Callum ice-hockey and wanted to help.
He said: “Callum is the nicest little kid and he and his mum deserve this.
“They have a tough time at home and this will give them a break.”
As for his 12-hour skate up and down the prom, Mr Fearon, who plays ice hockey for Fylde Flyers, added: “It was hard to say the least, freezing cold and raining, and I was in agony for three days afterwards.
“But when you think of what Callum has been through then what I did was nothing special at all.
“I’m just pleased to help and very grateful to everyone who sponsored me. I hope Callum and his mum have a fantastic holiday.”