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Amazing teenager who died of cancer has raised £250,000 for charity

Callum Ballantine with Noel Gallagher Credit: Manchester Evening News

An amazing teenager who started a charity fashion brand before his death from cancer has now raised £250,000.

Callum Ballantine was just 19 when he died in December 2015, having been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, 11 months earlier.

The enterprising teenager’s £10 t-shirts were a huge success, receiving support from the likes of Sergio Aguero and other Manchester City footballers, as well as Everton and singer Noel Gallagher.

After his death, friends, family and supporters continued to fundraise, and this month presented a cheque for £250,000 to the Teenager Cancer Trust.

Before he was diagnosed with the disease, Callum had signed up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro but never got the opportunity to do so.

In August 2016, family and friends carried his ashes with them to the top of Africa’s highest mountain, which significantly boosted the total raised for the charity.

Callum's family and friends climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Credit: Manchester Evening News

“Cal lived life to the fullest and was always a very social and kind hearted individual.

He would be so proud of the number of people who supported the fundraising and totally blown away by the total raised."

– Beth Ballantine, Callum's Mum

“Cal showed amazing determination and positivity, which continues to inspire so many people.

“His family, friends, and the community in the North West have all continued to fly the flag for Cal’s legacy and the funds raised in his honour will make a huge difference and help other young people with cancer in the region.”

– Siobhan Dunn, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust