A young girl received the support of Anthony Joshua as she fundraised thousands in a bike ride for a cancer centre.

Olivia Alcorano, 7, from Garston has been fundraising money for Paul Strickland Scanner Centre located in Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood and raised over £2,800 in less than a month.

Miss Alcorano decided to learn how to ride her bike during the lockdown period, and since then is aiming to ride 5 miles a day as part of her fundraiser.

Her father Tino received treatment at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre twice within the last ten years, so the fundraiser became a way to show her gratitude for all the support shown from the cancer centre.

She plans to continue pedalling with her father until schools reopen in September.

World heavyweight boxing champion Joshua, who was born in Watford and grew up on the Meriden estate, wished Miss Alcorano all the best on her journey.

Her father Tino said: “She has also been lined up to be sponsored by Caledonian Construction Services.

“I am so proud of her; this is a massive achievement for any seven-year-old to be riding seven miles a day non-stop.”

She was also awarded a Blue Peter badge for her achievements.

In an email received from Blue Peter, it read: “We currently have a 10-week wait to hear back from us with badges awarded, but we are happy to make an exception for Olivia as we think she has done brilliantly.”

If you want to help Olivia raise money, donate to justgiving.com/fundraising/tino-alcorano1