A KIND-hearted group of old school friends and family have walked 32 miles in aid of a three-year-old cancer sufferer.

A team of former pupils from Bedford High School and St Mary’s RC High School in Astley set off with family members from Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool at 7am on Saturday.

The group of 19 people arrived at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital at 8.30pm via the East Lancashire Road.

The event was in aid of Oscar Lymer, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of 20 months.

Lucy, 32, said: "The walk went amazingly well. I am so proud of them all for their determination.

"The support drivers who delivered water and first aid were great too.

"Oscar and I met the group at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital which was really nice too."

Lucy also reserved praise for businesses that supported the group in their challenge such as pubs they passed, which provided refreshments to them.

As well as Oscar, Lucy and her husband Phil, from Boothstown, have two-year-old twins Emily and George.

Oscar previously underwent a series of treatments as part of a UK clinical trial which he responded to well at first, but tests in February showed that his cancer had returned.

His family are now aiming to raise funds to pay for treatment abroad.

Lucy added: "It’s heartbreaking as a parent watching your child endure such gruelling treatments.

"We are so proud of him and how he tackles everything head on.

"We just want to give him the best chance to be able to grow up and beat this horrible disease that we have seen far too many gorgeous children lost to.

"He is a lovely happy little child, loves watching TV programmes like Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol, and is obsessed with bubbles."

Cars which passed by the group on Saturday showed their support by tooting their car horns.

Oscar's dad Phil also took part in the event.

He said: “Oscar is an amazing little boy who has been through so much fighting cancer for over half his life.

"He is a little fighter and we will keep fighting for him to get the chance to grow up like every child deserves.”

A fundraising event called Oscarfest will take place on Sunday, August 19 at Leigh Miners Welfare Institute from noon until 6pm.

Live music will be provided by bands Vera Cruz, Agent Smith, The Hats and Crush.

There will be a range of games and a raffle at the event.

Refreshments and food will be on offer.

Entry for the event is £5 for adults, £2.50 for four to 12-year-olds and it is free for under threes.

A crowdfunding page has been set up in aid of Oscar.

To donate to it click here.