Five-year-old raises $1.7M on prosthetic legs

Tony needs prosthetic legs to walk, but they aren’t holding him back. The five-year-old boy from London had…
Tony Hudgell walks with prosthetics

Tony needs prosthetic legs to walk, but they aren’t holding him back.

The five-year-old boy from London had a rough start to life. He arrived at a hospital with severe injuries when he was 41 days old. Horrifically, his birth parents enacted these injuries. But Tony soon found foster parents that fell in love with him and adopted him into their family.

Now, Tony is five years old and thriving while he uses his news prosthetic legs. While waiting during lockdown to be able to get his legs re-fitted and do physiotherapy, he practiced walking with his family. That’s when he heard about “Captain Tom.”

Tony took inspiration from the 100-year-old veteran recently knighted for raising money while walking in his garden. Capt. Sir Thomas Moore raised an amazing $43 million, and young Tony wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Tony was using a walking frame similar to the one Captain Sir Tom was using. He started practicing walking in the driveway with the frame, then decided to try crutches. His family walked along with him every day throughout June.

They set up an online fundraiser for the hospital that treated Tony when he was an injured baby: Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Tony and his family walked 300 meters for 30 days, totalling 10 km. And his fundraiser is currently at almost £1.3 million, or nearly $1.7 million.

Tony also inspired a child cruelty bill, Tony’s Law, which was passed by the UK’s House of Commons and is currently awaiting a second reading.

The young boy’s mother says that “Tony can achieve whatever he wants in life and we will always be there to support him”:

But Tony never sees anything as an obstacle anyway. If he sees something he wants to try, he’ll tell us that he can still do it, he’ll just do it “Tony’s way.” That’s his mindset, so we know he can achieve whatever he wants in life.

Paul Hudgell

Article source: Newsweek

Featured image source: Evelina London

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