A star role for young Finlay

Stopsley leukaemia survivor Finlay Armstrong, eight

Stopsley leukaemia survivor Finlay Armstrong, eight

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Stopsley leukaemia survivor Finlay Armstrong took centre stage at the Aviva Tour of Britain by ringing the bell to signify the final lap of the men’s pro cycle race.

The eight-year-old Putteridge Primary pupil, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when he was only three, said: “I was a bit nervous and it was so heavy my dad had to help me. We both had aching arms afterwards.”

He added: “It was an amazing day and I had my photo taken in front of one of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ cars.”

Following Finlay’s diagnosis, his family has been at the forefront of raising funds and awareness for UK blood cancer charity Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research).

Dad Tony took part in a charity cycle race from London to Paris last week and Mum Tara formed Fin’s Fighters to support her son and the charity.

She said: “We’re eternally grateful because without them Finlay would probably not be alive today.”

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