Tony Hudgell walks for Captain Tom
Posted on Monday 10th May 2021
Tony taking on the Captain Tom 100 fundraiser
Six-year-old Tony, who raised more than £1.5 million for Evelina London last year, has raised another £76,000 by taking part in a fundraising challenge in tribute to his hero Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Tony, from Kent, has taken part in the Captain Tom 100 fundraiser by setting a target to walk 100 unaided steps on his new prosthetic legs, to raise money for Evelina London to thank our staff for caring for him since he was a baby. Tony’s determination saw him surpass his original target and walk more than 500 steps.
Tony’s mum Paula said: “We’re so proud of Tony for once again beating the odds and taking more than 500 steps without his crutches.
“He’s such a determined little boy so we had no doubt he would be able to do this. It means so much more that he’s been able to do it while celebrating the life of Captain Tom who inspired him to take on his first walking challenge.”
Following the death of Captain Sir Tom his family invited people to take part in the Captain Tom 100 by undertaking a charity fundraising challenge based around the number 100, between Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May.
Tony's mum, Paula, said: “Since his fundraising last year, Tony’s confidence has improved so much. He’s always been a lovely, cheeky little boy, but now he’s even more outgoing and self-assured.”
In October last year, Tony received some specially designed prosthetic legs from our prosthetics service, who have supported Tony since he was two years old. The new legs make Tony 5cm taller and are designed to improve his mobility.
Tony’s prosthetist Andreia Paulo said: “We’re all so pleased to see that Tony has done so well with his new challenge. He is such an inspiration and the whole team here are all so proud of him. There’s no stopping him, so we can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next.”
In June 2020, Tony captured hearts across the world when he set out to raise £500 by walking 10 kilometres throughout the month on his prosthetic legs. With a huge outpouring of support, he raised more than £1.5 million for Evelina London. The money Tony raised last year will go towards a series of projects that will help the hospital provide specialist care and support for the 103,000 children and young people who come through our doors each year.
You can still donate to Tony’s Captain Tom 100 fundraising page.