Tony’s 10k Walk
1413. Tony Hudgell
Tony Hudgell, aged 5, from Kent, has raised over £1 million for the hospital that saved his life after he suffered horrific abuse as a baby that led to life-changing injuries, including the amputation of both of his legs.
Inspired by the fundraising of Captain Tom Moore, he is walking 10km, on his crutches, through the month of June for the ‘Evelina London Children’s Hospital’, which provides vital care and support for more than 95,000 children and young people from across London and the South East.
Tony completed his final daily walk alongside his local MP Tom Tugendhat, who presented him with his award from the Prime Minister.
In a personal letter to Tony, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“Every day I say thank you to someone in our country for doing something special by recognising them as a Point of Light. Today that person is you!
“I am lost in admiration for your fantastic fundraising feat. You have raised over £1million for Evelina Children’s Hospital – this is a wonderful achievement.
“I am thrilled to honour you as the UK’s 1413th Point of Light. On behalf of the whole country, congratulations!”
Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, said:
“Tony Hudgell is an inspiration to everyone. He has captured the hearts of the nation and his challenge has enabled him to share just how special he is with everyone.
“It has been a privilege to know Tony since he was so young and vulnerable, and work with his family for many years to get justice for him. His fundraising efforts are deservedly rewarded with the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award and it is an honour to present this to him.”
Paula, Tony’s Mum, said:
“We as a family are absolutely thrilled that Tony has been honoured with this award. He knows he has raised some money for the hospital that saved his life but doesn’t completely understand the enormity of the amount.
“He now knows he has won this award but the icing on the cake for Tony is a letter from the Prime Minister – He just loves Boris.
“It just goes to show from the most unfortunate start in life, with the right love and support, a huge amount of determination and a positive attitude you can succeed in life and make a real difference.
“Thank you so much for the recognition of what Tony has achieved.”
Pictured below: Tony with his local MP Tom Tugendhat, completing the final daily walk of his 10k challenge