Kate Middleton has penned a letter to a five-year-old boy with prosthetic legs who walked six miles in 30 days and raised £1m for hospital that saved his life – after being inspired by Captain Tom Moore.
Taking to Instagram, Tony Hudgell’s journey account shared a letter written by Kate Middleton, 38, and captioned the post: ‘We was all super excited today, that Bear received a special letter from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge. Absolutely one to treasure.’
In the letter, the royal congratulated the youngster, from West Malling, Kent, on his ‘amazing’ fundraising efforts – adding that his achievement was ‘hugely appreciated.’
‘I wanted to send you my congratulations following your amazing fundraising efforts last month for Evelina London Children’s Hospital,’ she wrote.
‘It was wonderful to hear how you were inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore’s story to carry out your own walk. I am very impressed that you carried on even after reaching your target of 10km!
I know that your efforts have been hugely appreciated by Eveline, and we are all so proud of what you have achieved.’
I hope that you manage to have a very well deserved rest before starting on your next adventure – whatever that may be!
Tony Hudgell had to have both his legs amputated in 2017 as a result of abuse suffered at the hands of his birth parents.
He set out to raise £500 for the hospital that saved his life by walking 10km in 30 days.
But his incredible efforts captured the hearts of tens of thousands of people, with a staggering £1,073,121 raised for Evelina London Children’s Hospital in just a month.
Tony has had to relearn how to walk on his new prosthetic legs but was determined to follow in the footsteps of his hero Captain Tom Moore.
He hugged his adoptive parents Paula and Mark Hudgell as he crossed the finish line in his home town of West Malling in Kent on 30 June after completing his challenge.
They were joined by friends, family and hospital staff to celebrate Tony’s achievement.