Little William's big fundraising walk for hospice
FOR a six-year-old, little William Stokes likes to think big.
When Children's Hospice South West visited his school, he was inspired to raise money for sick youngsters and their families.
But, he wasn't thinking a small- scale charity event.
He wanted to make his mark – and raise plenty of cash at the same time. So, the youngster planned a walk. He organised a seven-mile charity hike from Warmley to Bath along the Bristol-to-Bath cycle path.
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And he managed to raise a staggering £1,100.
The Silverhill pupil, who lives in Winterbourne, had taken part in a short sponsored walk his school the year before for another charity, raising £75. He wanted to raise even more for the charity which runs a hospice for children with life-limiting illnesses and conditions in Wraxall.
His mum, Leonie, said: "A couple of the other children had done small things to raise money for the charity but William doesn't do small things.
"He said 'If I walk a lot more than last time I will raise a lot more money'. He wanted to do an eight-mile walk and I suggested to him that might be a long way as if people paid him he would have to do it. And I said to him 'What if it rains?' but he just said he would wear his waterproof trousers.
"He walked from Warmley to Bath along the cycle path, which is actually measured as 7.5 miles.
"I think people have been so kind and sponsored him so much because he is such a little boy and it was such a long way for him."
Mrs Stokes and her husband Adam joined their son in the walk, which took them just over three and a half hours. They were met at the end by family who drove them back home.
She said: "He was so happy and was just buzzing. He kept saying 'I did it, I did it'. He didn't complain at all, although he was definitely tired. He was really pleased he raised all that money." To sponsor William visit www.justgiving.com/william-stokes.