A KEEN young baker is donning his apron and rising to the challenge to host a charity coffee and cake afternoon in memory of his great grandad.

Bradley Pullen, 11, of Chesterton, near Bicester, is hoping to raise as much money as he can for Macmillan Cancer Support by making and selling cakes.

The youngster’s family has faced a number of battles with cancer and Bradley is hoping to help those going though the same thing.

He said: “My great-grandad and both my grandads have had cancer. One died from it, one has had the all-clear and one is fighting it now. It is important to me because I know a lot of people have cancer and it is pretty frightening for them and their families. So I would just like to do what I can to help. I really like baking and we will be making all sorts..”

The youngster’s great-grandad John ‘Geordie’ Laidler passed away three years ago aged 83 after losing his battle with cancer which had spread to his brain. Bradley’s grandad Jeff Walton is currently fighting stomach and lung cancer and grandad Keith Pullen fought bowel cancer and has recently been given the all-clear.

All money raised will help Macmillan Cancer Support which is inviting hundreds to host coffee mornings up and down the country next Friday.

So far Bradley, who is in Year 7 at The Cooper School, has pulled in £165 worth of donations plus a number of cakes and raffle prizes.

With the help of his grandmother Trish Walton, Bradley will host the coffee and cake afternoon at Greenacres home farm in Banbury Road, Caversfield. Visitors are invited to pop in from 3pm to 6pm and buy a cake and coffee. There will also be a raffle for The Hummingbird Cancer Support Centre in Launton which supports those affected by the disease.

* To donate to Bradley’s Just Giving page see, justgiving.com/Trish-walton-Chris-Jaycock Or to donate cakes for the event contact emma.pullen2@sky.com