Thank you, Tony!
Tony’s parents, Paula and Mark, expected him to raise £500. But, with the whole nation behind him, he has raised over £1,500,000 in total for the hospital that has looked after him since he was just five weeks old.
Amazed by Captain Tom’s walking frame fundraiser, and inspired to see someone that ‘looks like me’- Tony wanted to start a challenge of his own.
“The community was absolutely fantastic,” says dad, Mark.
“Every day the walk was taking longer and longer because more people were coming out to watch him and cheer him on,” adds mum, Paula.
Since finishing his inspirational challenge, Tony and his family have been working closely with Evelina London to work out where the amazing £1.5 million Tony raised would make the biggest impact.
Of course, Tony’s amazing legacy to the hospital that Paula refers to as “his second home” wouldn’t be possible without your kind support. Taking point from Tony and his family’s experience at Evelina London, your donations to Tony’s campaign will go towards:
- The Tony Hudgell therapy area: a space dedicated to children like Tony that is expected to open in 2026 in a brand-new building on the existing hospital site. The hospital will use input from Tony alongside other families to ensure it offers specialist care and support for all the children and young people who need it for years to come.
- Innovative orthopaedic equipment so that Evelina London can support children and young people through treatments for even the most difficult bone and muscle conditions.
- A new project that aims to extend Evelina London’s specialist care across south east England region by rolling out the gold standard of rehabilitative therapy. This will help children have access to the very best care and treatment that they need closer even the most remote homes in the South Thames region. In giving families the option to choose to have more of their specialist therapy out of hospital, with less travel, it will be easier to fit ongoing care around busy fun-filled childhoods.
“We'd like to thank everyone who has been so generous in supporting Tony's fundraising,” says Paula. “We couldn't be happier that the money is going to a place that is so special to our family, you can still donate to Tony’s fundraising page to help more children just like him.”