Uk news Double amputee, 5, raises £1m for NHS hospital in walking challenge London news
MetiNews.Com - A 5-year-old double amputee has raised more than £1m for an NHS hospital by walking 10km with two prosthetic legs. Tony Hudgell had to have both his legs amputated in 2017 as a result of abuse suffered at the hands of his birth parents. He set out to raise £500 for the Evelina London Children's Hospital, who saved his life, by walking 10km in 30 days. But his incredible
Breaking News ! ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in. Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences A 5-year-old double amputee has raised more than £1m for an NHS hospital by walking 10km with two prosthetic legs. Tony Hudgell had to have both his legs amputated in 2017 as a result of abuse suffered at the hands of his birth parents. He set out to raise £500 for the Evelina London Children's Hospital, who saved his life, by walking 10km in 30 days. But his incredible efforts captured the hearts of tens of thousands of people, with a staggering £1,073,121 raised for the hospital in just a month. Read more PM unveils post-lockdown plan as death toll rises by 43- LIVE Tony has had to relearn how to walk on his new prosthetic legs but was determined to follow in the footsteps of his hero Captain Tom Moore. He hugged his adoptive parents Paula and Mark Hudgell as he crossed the finish line in his home town of West Malling in Kent on Tuesday afternoon after completing his challenge. Tony Hudgell, who uses prosthetic legs, takes the final steps in his fundraising walk in West Malling Kent (PA) They were joined by friends, family and hospital staff to celebrate Tony’s achievement. Ms Hudgell, 52, said: “It is incredible to think that just a few weeks ago Tony could barely take a few steps. He is such a strong and determined boy and we are so proud. Tony Hudgell, who uses prosthetic legs, celebrates after taking the final steps in his fundraising walk in West Malling Kent with mum, Paula and dad Mark. (PA) “We’d like to thank everyone who has been so generous in supporting Tony’s fundraising and we couldn’t be happier that the money is going to a place that is so special to our family.
“I’m just so incredibly proud of him and everything he’s done has just been amazing.”
Tony with his parents (PA)
Tony was greeted with cheers and applause as he passed through the balloon arch finish line on Tuesday.
Cat Flanagan, one of Tony’s nurses at Evelina Hospital, said: “Ever since he was a very little boy he has captured all of us in his heart.
“His achievement is amazing just from a personal point of view, his walking is so much improved.
Tony has raised more than £1,000,000 for the Evelina London Children's Hospital (UK)
“Now he’s walking so well and just the achievement for the hospital is incredible.”
Tony was inspired to take on the challenge after seeing fellow fundraiser Captain Tom on television and recently received a video message from Captain Tom himself, congratulating him on his achievement.
UK coronavirus death toll rises by 155
From the Oscars to the Brits: All the rescheduled award shows in 2021
Eerie footage shows empty Leicester streets as city put under lockdown
Two teenage boys attacked and robbed while playing badminton in park
Caroline Gormley, associate director of fundraising at Evelina London, said: “We’d like to wish Tony and his family a huge congratulations on this incredible achievement. Tony is a true inspirati
“It was a joy to see Tony take the final steps of his challenge with a cheeky smile on his face.
“The money raised will help us to support children with complex needs, like Tony, across the region to ensure that all children in our care can live their best lives, today and tomorrow – from small steps, like making sure that the environment where they receive care is extra special so that children and families feel safe and happy, to big leaps like funding research, new facilities and cutting-edge technology.”
To donate to Tony’s fundraiser, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tonys-10k-walk
Source = MetiNews.Com