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Wirral teenager visits all Tube stations in brother's memory

Alasdair Clift with mother Caroline and father Richard being presented a certificate at Southwark station Image copyright PA
Image caption Alasdair Clift received a certificate recognising his achievement from Mark Wild managing director of London Underground

A 13-year-old boy has completed a challenge to visit all the London Underground stations in one day in memory of his older brother.

Alasdair Clift, from the Wirral, Merseyside, took on the "Tube Challenge" after his brother Adam, 17, died from lymphoma in March.

Alasdair began at Chesham station at 05:15 BST on Monday and finished at Heathrow early on Tuesday, in aid of charity Bloodwise.

In total he stopped at 270 stations.

So far, Alasdair has far exceeded his original target on raising £100, having received more than £11,000 in donations.

His marathon 20-hour tube journey with his father, Richard Clift, 50, ended shortly before 01:00 at Heathrow's terminal five.

The pair were greeted by welcome party of relatives, Tube workers and police officers.

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Image caption Alasdair, seen here at the start of his challenge, describes himself as "fascinated" by transport
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Image caption Alasdair was allowed to ride in the front of the train for part of his challenge

Alasdair described himself as "tired, but proud and happy" with his achievement.

"This has been an ambition of mine for a while," he said.

"In 2013, my brother was diagnosed with lymphoma and unfortunately after many rounds of treatment he passed away in March. I've done this challenge to hopefully give other people a better chance."

Donations from strangers

Mr Clift said: "We have had a very warm day on the Tube and in terms of feeling shown to us.

"We have had terrific support, with people sticking their heads into the carriages saying how wonderful we are and the Transport for London staff have been right behind us. Alasdair felt like a star."

They had been touched by the "random gestures of complete strangers" who donated along the way, he added.

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Image caption Alasdair (left) was raising money in memory of his older brother Adam who died in March aged 17

Alasdair was given a certificate recognising his achievement, from Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground, at Southwark station.

Mr Clift earlier said he and his wife Caroline, 51, had been "overawed" by Alasdair, who single-handedly arranged the challenge.

"We're very proud - and very proud of his organisation skills because Caroline and I have had absolutely nothing to do with it," he said.

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