WITH his GCSE exams cancelled and a four-month stretch ahead of him before starting at college, Jack McKenzie could have opted to lie back and enjoy summer.

Instead, the 16-year-old has launched a fund-raising campaign to support the doctors and nurses at Hillingdon Hospital.

Jack, a Park Academy student in Uxbridge, is planning to run 50k (31 miles) in May with his 10-year-old sister Abbie. The pair set a target of £50, which they smashed days ago and are on their way to £1,000.

They will complete the challenge over a number of days during their hour of exercise.

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Jack, a Year 11 pupil at the Park View Road school, said: ‘’It’s the hospital where my siblings were born and my best friend’s mum works as a ward sister there. I know how he’s feeling about his mum going to work at the moment.”

Abbie plays football for Denham Ladies U-11s, while Jack is with Beaconsfield Town Under-18s team.

Mum Kerry encouraged him to start running during lockdown ahead of taking up his place at Beaconsfield Town Academy in September.

Park Academy principal Juan Delgado said: ‘Jack is not only a talented individual but an individual who approaches life in a positive way and always acts with integrity.”