Duchess Kate has taken some time off to write a sweet letter to Tony Hudgell, a young boy with prosthetic legs who walked six miles in 30 days and raised £1m for hospital that saved his life.
Tony shared the letter on his Instagram account. It reads: “Dear Tony, I wanted to send my congratulations following your amazing fundraising efforts for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
“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 Evelina, and we are all so proud of what you have achieved,” added the Duchess, who became Patron of Evelina London in 2018.
“I hope that you manage to have a very well deserved rest before starting on your next adventure – whatever that may be! Catherine.”
The caption, posted along with the letter, says: “We was all super excited today, that Bear received a special letter from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.”
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 was only five-week-old when he was injured so badly he lost both limbs.
Inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore, Tony set out to raise £500 for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital by walking a combined 10km in June. But his incredible efforts captured the hearts of everyone which led to a staggering £1,073,121 raised for Evelina London Children’s Hospital in just a month.
Tony was “over the moon” when his fundraising for the hospital topped £1m. His adoptive mother Paula Hudgell said: “This was set up to improve his walking, which would give us an idea if prosthetics were a solution, which we’ve seen they are.”