Jake Skinner, a ten-year-old from Watford, has pledged to raise as much money as possible for the NHS, who have helped him throughout his life after he was born with cerebral palsy.
Inspired by the work of Captain Tom Moore recently, Jake will be walking five miles during this week and has already smashed his initial target of £500, with the current amount raised being £1,500.
Jake also suffers with multiple hereditary exostoses and epilepsy, meaning walking one mile a day will be very tiring for him, but he is still eager to do the challenge and isn’t letting anything get in his way.
His father, Mark, said: “We are so proud of Jake, and we were very shocked when he came up with idea himself to do this to raise money for the NHS, who have helped him so much in his life.
“He always wants to prove himself, and he’s so strong and determined. He spends a lot of time on his iPad and saw what Captain Moore has done recently and wanted to do something similar.”
The family have set up a JustGiving page and after setting an initial target of £500, the family were shocked to see that beaten very quickly.
Mark continued: “We were completely shocked to smash that target so quickly. Jake is very much aware of how much money he has raised, and it is giving him even more drive to continue to do this. We are unbelievably proud.
“We won’t change the target of how much we want to raise. Now we just want to raise as much as possible. We expected it to slow down after it hit £500, but it’s just kept going up and up.”
At the time of writing, the fundraiser is at £1,500, and if you would like to support the cause head to justgiving.com/fundraising/jakes-walk5