A YOUNG boy from Tullibody who hoped to raise £100 for his school has banked almost 10 times that amount after completing a sponsored cycle.

Callum Snaddon told his mum and dad that he would love to help out after learning about funding at Banchory Primary School and asked his mum how he can do it.

His mum, Wendy, told the eight-year-old that to pick something he was good at and turn it into a fundraising challenged, with the money raised then going towards the upkeep of the school playground.

Callum, being a keen cyclist like his dad and brother, decided he would cycle 26 miles after being inspired by watching the London Marathon.

Wendy told the Advertiser that training began from that point and culminated in almost 40 people waiting back at the gates of his primary school to cheer him over the finish line.

She said: “It went absolutely brilliant. He done 26.4 miles in three hours and 31 minutes, which was about what we expected it to take.

"We were planning for rain, we didn’t think the weather would be so good.

“I met him at the half way point in Blairhall, he had something to eat, a rest and a drink. He really struggled and slowed down on the last half hour because of the heat.”

The struggle was soon put to one side, however, when Callum came around the final bend and saw that there was a massive crowd waiting on him.

His dad, Kenny, who also did the cycle, said: “He was buzzing. We came around the bend at Banchory Place, I was asking him how many people he thought would be there and he said about 12.

“We came around the corner and there were about 40. He just looked at me, said ‘sprint finish’ and took off.

"It was friends, family, the headteacher, his P4 teacher and other school staff.”

His mum added: “He was over the moon. He loved getting his pictures taken and everything.”

Callum had originally told his mum and dad that he would love to raise £100, but was doubtful that he would get it as it was a bit high.

The total, however, has reached a whopping £930 and is still rising thanks to extremely generous friends and family.

The money will continue to be raised on his crowdfunding page over the summer before it is handed over to the primary school at the beginning of the new term.

Anyone wishing to donate to Callum’s excellent cause, can do so at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/weeblondiescycle