Duncan Bannatyne has expressed his admiration for Stockton’s Callum Lane-Tingle after making a £10,000 donation to boost the nine-year-old’s fundraising.

Callum was motivated to start raising money for three local cancer charities; Butterwick Hospice in Stockton, Macmillan Nurses and Tees Valley Cancer Research following his Dad Andy’s diagnosis in April 2017.

He was already a fan of Duncan Bannatyne, having been given an audio copy of the former Dragon’s book ‘Any One Can Do It’ for Christmas, before meeting his hero at the recent Pride of the North East awards. The pair bonded over a shared love of entrepreneurism and Duncan admitted he was so impressed with Callum’s achievements to date he felt moved to make the significant contribution to his efforts.

As well as organising fundraising events, with a family fun day on 26th August and a Half Monty Night on 7th September upcoming, Callum and the other members of ‘Team Tingle’, including Andy and wife Cheryl, make necklaces, key rings, bracelets and bookmarksto sell. Over the last 13 months Callum has raised more than £21,000 with Duncan increasing the total to £31,000.

Duncan Bannatyne said: “Young Callum is an inspiration to many people, including me, for his efforts to raise money for cancer charities. It’s an incredible amount for a nine-year-old to raise and the way he goes about it is true entrepreneurship.

“I was delighted to make a personal donation because Callum works so hard to make and sell the jewellery and arrange events and for someone so young he is very astute in his business ideas.

“I firmly believe he will go on to exceed the £50,000 target he has set himself and in the future will become a very successful businessman.”

Andy Tingle said: “Callum was overwhelmed when he was handed his award by Duncan Bannatyne. He is one of his heroes and he listens to Duncan’s book when he’s manning the jewellery production line. Funnily enough we also live a couple of minutes from the house Duncan once lived in in Stockton.

“For Duncan to say he was inspired by Callum and to make such a wonderful donation to his fundraising is amazing and I know it means the world to Callum. Whatever happens in the future he’ll always remember that night and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he didn’t end up on Dragon’s Den when he’s a bit older, he’s that enterprising and I’m very proud of him”