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The UK’s largest children’s charity, IMG_0072Barnardos, nominated schoolboy Neo McCartney for a Pride of Britain Award because staff are so moved by the compassion he shows others and impressed by all he has achieved by the tender age of nine.  The Pride of Britain Awards celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place and Neo’s father, Shaun McCartney commented “Although Neo wasn’t a finalist this year; it is an accomplishment in itself for Barnardo’s to believe he is worthy.”

Devika Chowdhury from Barnardo’s, said: “Neo is an inspirational young man who goes above and beyond to raise money for those who are less fortunate than himself.  We are very grateful for all the fundraising Neo does for Barnardo’s.”

The motocross racing champion, better known as Nitro Neo said “ My charity work started when I saw a news story about children who had to spend Christmas in hospital.  I thought they would be sad not having any presents to open on Christmas day because Santa delivered them to their homes, so I asked my dad if I could take some of my toys in to hospital for them to play with.”  Shaun added “I posted what Neo was doing on his social media and fans replied wanting to add to his donation, we made it easy for anybody to get involved by letting fans know if everybody donated a little, it would amount to a lot when Neo gathered all the gifts together; then off we went driving around gathering toys”.

The sporting celebrity has continued this charity work ever since and achieved his mission of spreading smiles on the faces of children using Barnardo’s and Derbyshire Children’s Hospital by delivering hundreds of gifts gathered through his ‘Nitro Neo Eggstravaganza’ and ‘Operation Christmas Smiles’ campaigns.  Neo spends time with the children and their families to distract them from their troubles when he delivers the gifts, Shaun told us “I think people appreciate his time more than the gifts, they talk about his racing, he takes the children to play areas and even takes his motocross bike with him so children can be photographed sat on it to show their visitors and talk about their experience.”

Neo used his high profile to promote the Ice Bucket Challenge in an attempt to increase donations to help the Motor Neurone Disease Association find a cure for his grandad who was suffering from MND at the time, but sadly passed away recently after an astonishing eight year battle with the disease.

Neo is in full time education and trains on and off the track several times a week for motocross races but has worked hard to achieve more by the age of nine than others manage in a lifetime.  Shaun told us “He has won international and regional motocross titles, advanced in swimming to become a Rookie Lifeguard, named Jon Jepson Black Belt Academy Student of the Year and will grade for his black belt next year, named as Derby’s Local Hero and received the Bobby Dorka Foundation Award”.

We asked Neo what drives him to work so hard and he told us “My grandad and dad teach me to always do the right thing so I help people fix their problems instead of struggle on their own, but I can only do the big missions with the help of my fans, I want to thank them for supporting me racing and helping me spread smiles for #NitroAid.”

We’re sure the people of Britain will be proud of this young boy when they hear of this news, the contribution he makes to society and proof people are capable of great things.

Keep up with Nitro Neo’s adventures and next mission to spread smiles by visiting his website and following Nitro Neo on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

Nitro Neo has been called upon! Following the success of Operation Christmas smiles where Nitro Neo delivered 250 toys to Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, we have been asked to return and spread more smiles this Easter, and who are we to say no to poorly children?  As with Christmas we can’t do it alone, we need your help to gather as many Easter eggs as possible, so we’d love to hear from you if you can spare one from your child’s collection:

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The success of Operation Christmas Smiles was down to Nitro Neo’s fans who contacted us to make small and large donations of toys, we’re hoping we can all chip in and do the same to spread more smiles this Easter.  The children at the hospital were most grateful, we could tell by the smiles on their faces, just look at some of the photos.  Well Easter will soon be here and we all know chocolate can put a smile on a poorly child’s face too.  So here’s the plan:

  • Nitro Neo has already donated 8 Easter eggs from his Bugatti Veyron saving tin, and his sponsors, tmi, have donated a super sized egg;
  • Neo’s fans contact us to make a donation of Easter eggs or money for us to collect eggs on your behalf;
  • We collect the Easter egg(s) from you or buy them on your behalf;
  • Neo delivers the Easter Eggs to Derbyshire Children’s Hospital….on his motocross bike!
  • Children who are well enough to leave the wards will be able to have their photo taken on Neo’s motocross bike to show family and friends.
  • Neo will visit the wards to deliver the Easter eggs and cheer up patients who aren’t well enough to be home to spend Easter with family and friends.

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