Manchester

Andrew Flintoff in Wigan school award surprise

Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff surprised a Greater Manchester schoolboy by walking into his morning assembly to present him with an award.

Cameron Foster, 15, has raised more than £10,000 for sports disability charities, since spending time in a wheelchair after an accident in 2005.

He walked again after six weeks, but vowed to raise money for those less fortunate.

He was presented with a Princess Diana Award at Westleigh High School, Wigan.

'Role model'

Cameron, from Leigh, fell from a ski-lift during a school trip to Italy when he was nine and broke both legs and an arm.

He said: "I spent time in a wheelchair and I realised how unfortunate people were who were permanently disabled and who weren't able to get back onto their feet and participate in sports.

"I thought I'd try and give something back and try and raise some money to buy sports equipment for people who weren't as fortunate as me.

"It was amazing when [Andrew Flintoff] walked through the door - I mean what an experience.

"I just came into school thinking it was a normal school day and then Freddie Flintoff walks round the corner and into the school assembly."

Following the presentation Cameron got the opportunity to play cricket with Mr Flintoff in the school sports' hall.

Mr Flintoff said that his mother, Sue, who had heard about Cameron's fundraising effort, wrote to him and asked him if he would present the award.

"She told me all about Cameron and all about the award. He's an amazing young lad and a role model not just for kids at this school, but for kids everywhere."

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