Seven-year-old walks miles for St Luke’s

George Margeson raised money by walking 16 miles for local hospice

A seven-year-old boy and his dog have walked 16 miles to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice.

George Margeson, his dad Rick, grandpa Andy and labrador Ted completed the challenge in around seven hours and have so far raised over £650, more than doubling their original £300 target.

George, who is a pupil at Winnington Park Primary School in Northwich, decided he wanted to fundraise after staff from St Luke’s visited his school.

They gave a talk to years 3 and 4 about the hospice and the vital services it offers the community as well as the need to raise money to ensure those services can continue. 

George said: “I am so happy I got more than my £300 target and can help poorly people at St Luke’s Hospice. The walk was very long, I was very tired but am really proud of myself.”

His dad, Rick, added: “Both my wife, Megan, and I have never been prouder of George.

“He decided he wanted to raise money for such a worthy charity on his own, decided how far he would walk and helped set up his fundraising charity web page.

“Most of all we are proud that he completed the walk with a big smile on his face.

“Having raised over £600 he has more than doubled his target. To complete such a selfless task at such a young age and be so aware of how he can help others and the contribution he can make is truly amazing.”

The trio and their canine companion set off on their 16 mile trek at 8am on Sunday 7th January around Northwich Flashes, Anderton Nature Reserve and Marbury Country Park.

They received support along the way from other walkers and in response to the updates they posted on Facebook.

Mandy Shaw, who works for St Luke’s, commented: “George is an absolute inspiration. What he has achieved for someone so young is just amazing.

“He had a simple idea to raise money for the hospice and he got his whole family involved.

“He has raised a staggering amount of money for St Luke’s and we are so very grateful for his support. I’m sure his family and school are incredibly proud of him.”

St Luke’s Hospice cares for adults living in mid and south Cheshire who are suffering from cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

The hospice also supports family members - including children and carers - who are affected by the diagnosis both pre- and post-bereavement.

Anyone wishing to support George’s efforts can donate via his fundraising page: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/georgeslongdogwalk

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