18 November 2020
A schoolboy walked more than 100 miles to raise over £1,000 for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
William Jones, 12, from Penkridge, set himself the goal to walk 100 miles throughout May. He wanted to fundraise for ward A12 at New Cross hospital where his mum, Joanne has worked since starting at the Trust in 1996.
William made the decision ironically while on a walk with dad, Chris, and after being inspired by Sir Captain Tom Moore, the former British Army officer and centenarian who raised £32m for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chris kept track on the miles on his Strava app, joining William on walks along canal and country trails.
Chris also set up a Go Fund Me page so that family, friends and work colleagues could make donations, and shared daily updates for William on Facebook.
William exceeded his 100 mile challenge and raised a total of £1,342.37.
William said: “I am proud that my mum works for the NHS, and I wanted to do something nice for her Ward A12, to say thank you.”
Other support William received included a video message from Wolves legend Steve Bull and a £100 donation made from the Penkridge Round Table.
Rachel Robinson, Community and Events Fundraiser, said: “We are very grateful to William for all of his hard work to achieve this amazing goal.”