The Duchess of Cambridge pens emotional letter to inspirational young boy

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  • The Duchess of Cambridge has praised Tony Hudgell for raising money for one of her patronages, Evelina London Children’s Hospital.


    The Duchess of Cambridge has thanked a young boy for his incredible fundraising efforts this year.

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    Duchess Catherine took time out over the summer holidays to write to Tony Hudgell – a double amputee who has raised over £1.2 million by completing a 10K walking challenge with two prosthetic legs.

    Tony set out to raise £500 but has inspired so many people up and down the country that the total currently stands at over £1.2 million – an incredible amount of money for Evelina London’s Children Hospital.

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    Evelina London is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and offers specialist services to those children with rare and complex conditions – supporting them from childhood into adult life.

    Catherine, 38, wrote, “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!

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    “I know that your efforts have been hugely appreciated by Evelina, and we are all so proud of what you have achieved.

    Encouraging the young boy to keep embarking on adventures, the mum-of-three added, “”I hope that you manage to have a very well deserved rest before starting on your next adventure – whatever that may be! Catherine.”

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    It’s not the first time Catherine has been touched by the incredible work of young children.

    During lockdown she made a wonderful promise to a little boy whose brother died in a Cambridge hospice.

    Duchess Catherine revealed she is set to plant a sunflower in honour of a nine-year-old little boy who lost his life to a rare organ disease.

    Kate vowed to plant it in memory of Fraser Delf, whose 13-year-old brother Stuie raised over £18,000 for the hospice where he died.

    Stuie, 13, told Kate he had been inspired to raise money for the hospice after seeing Captain Sir Tom Moore raise more than £33m for the NHS by walking laps of his garden.

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