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Tony – one in a million

Throughout the month of June we have been reporting the inspirational story of double amputee Tony Hudgell who had planned to walk 10km in the month of June to raise money for the Evelina Children’s Hospital. In our last feature we said that five year old Tony had completed the walk and raised over a million pounds. He had pledged to carry on walking until the end of June and on the last day of the month he handed over his cheque to the charity for a massive £1073121.

Before publication of this article we checked on his current total and are pleased to see that it has increased to almost £1.2 million pounds with donations still coming in. When the reporters spoke to Tony they asked what he wanted to buy with the money. With a big grin he said toys!! Tony’s adopted parents could not have looked prouder as their son handed over his cheque. Certainly an inspirational story all round.

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Tony reaches 10km and one million pounds

This has been another amazing story that has captured the nation’s heart. Tony Hudgell who is five years old suffered horrific abuse and had to have his legs amputated as a baby. He was given the opportunity to try prosthetic legs to see if they would be a viable option for him. The target of walking a small distance each day culminating in 10km and raising funds for the Evelina Children’s Hospital was the idea after Tony had been inspired by Captain Tom Moore.

The challenge of walking short distances each day in the month of June would give Tony the chance to see if the prosthetic legs could be a life changer for him but more importantly give him the practice and confidence that he would need. Tony wanted to finish his 10km in the month of June but he has actually completed the challenge and finished five days early which is absolutely remarkable. Not only that but he has raised over one million pounds for the hospital. Tony has also decided that he will carry on walking each day. What an inspiration and an amazing young man who with such a huge amount of money raised for a relatively small charity must have made a huge difference not just to him with his walking but to all the other children who are treated at the hospital. The great news for Tony is that his walking with crutches has improved so much that he is now beginning to take steps unaided. Another challenge for him but with his courage and determination we are sure he will achieve this too. Perhaps in years to come we will see Tony in the Paralympics and we wish him all the best with his future, whatever that may be.

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Tony reaches halfway…

Last week we featured Tony Hudgell, who despite being a double amputee and only five years old, was walking 10km on his new legs to raise funds for the hospital that treated him. To see that feature click here. Tony is now over half way on his sponsored walk and his total is inching ever closer to the half a million pounds for the Evelina Children’s hospital. Tony’s original target was £500 and like his inspiration, Captain Tom, his challenge has been taken up by the nation and the money raised has grown beyond his wildest dreams.

To celebrate the half way milestone Tony was given a huge cake. There is definitely no better way to celebrate and give him energy for the remaining distance than with a big slab of cake. We will be keeping an eye on how the remainder of the walk goes and this is definitely a story that has grown and will in its own way be inspiring others in the same way that Tony was inspired by Captain Tom.

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Tony – what a hero!!

Tony Hudgell suffered horrific abuse from his birth parents when he was a baby. At only 41 days old, due to the nature of his injuries he almost died. In 2017 Tony had to have both his legs amputated. The Evelina London Children’s Hospital saved his life then and still do now with the care that he receives.

The brave youngster was inspired as we all were by the amazing money raised by Captain Tom Moore. Captain Tom Moore used a walking frame to help him achieve the 100 laps of his garden. Tony, at the time was using a walking frame and decided that he could do the same. Tony has pledged to walk 10km during the month of June to raise funds for the hospital that helped to save his life. Tony was fitted with his first pair of artificial legs earlier this year and using these and his crutches he wanted to raise funds for the hospital. Another story that the nation has taken to heart.  Now people have heard about the amazing challenge they are stopping to support Tony as he walks past and the great news is that the funds keep coming. He has currently raised over £210,000 and the total is still rising and with the publicity that has come with it is definitely going to continue to increase.

The link to the Just Giving page being used to raise funds for this amazing superhero is here.

The Bio from this page says the following:

Tony at 41 days old suffered horrific abuse at the hands of his biological parents. He suffered multiple fractures, discolations, blunt trauma to face leading to multi organ failure, toxic shock and sepsis. He ended up on life support and seconds from death. 

Sadly in 2017 he had both his legs amputated due to the extreme injuries. His left hip is discolated and missing the ball joint due infection, he has hand issues and deaf in his right ear. 

The positive side to this is he is Today a bright happy, confident little boy who loves life. 

Over the last week he has been learning to walk on his new legs with crutches, and he wanted to raise some pennies for the wonderful hospital The Evelina Children’s Hospital whom is his second home. Please help him and encourage him to walk every day of June hoping to reach his target of 10 kilometres. 

This may seem and easy task but for him this is a huge mountain to climb 💙

Captain Tom was and still is an inspiration. As well as featuring Tony Hudgell today, we have also previously featured the equally amazing Sophia Hyde who again drew inspiration from Captain Tom. It isn’t just about the fundraising but the inspiration that other people can draw from tales of people achieving great things. Everyone can be inspirational and it may just be a small thing but if it inspires others to do their best or try and challenge themselves in some way then in our view the inspiration just snowballs.

We will keep checking on this story about Tony and then let you know but we wish him well with the fundraising and with the new legs that he is well and truly testing!!

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