Unveiling Tony Hudgell’s inspirational fundraising legacy

30 October 2020

When six-year-old Tony Hudgell set out to walk 10km in June, his parents Paula and Mark thought he would raise £500. What they couldn’t foresee was that Tony’s first steps on his prosthetic legs would take him on a £1.5 million journey towards making a long-lasting impact for Evelina London.

Close up of a young boy in an Evelina London t-shirt, with his thumbs up, while on a crutch.
Tony, during one of his walks

Making a difference

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.

Taking point from Tony and his family’s experience at Evelina London, the money Tony has raised will go towards a series of projects that will help the hospital provide specialist care and support for the 103,000 children and young people who come through its doors each year.

The Tony Hudgell therapy area

To celebrate the six-year-old’s outstanding work for your hospital, plans are being made for money from Tony’s campaign to go towards opening the ‘Tony Hudgell therapy area,’ a therapy space dedicated to children like Tony.

The therapy space is set to open in 2026 and will be housed in a brand-new building next to the existing hospital, cementing Tony’s legacy for years to come.

Tony’s fundraising will help Evelina London expand to meet the needs of all the children and young people who need its support. Your hospital is growing so that it can continue provide specialist care and help more children and young people live their best lives today and tomorrow.

Not only are we planning for the therapy area be named after your hospital’s very own superstar fundraiser, but the hospital also hopes to have Tony’s help, amongst the help from other families, in planning the design of this space. Talking to Tony, children and families with similar needs to him will ensure it meets the needs of all families now and in the future.

Ground-breaking orthopaedic equipment

When Tony had to have his legs amputated in 2017, he became very close to Mr Kokkinakis, who leads Tony’s orthopaedic team. Over the past few years, they have worked together to help Tony adjust to life as a double amputee.

During his 10km walking challenge Tony took so well to his prosthetics that Mr Kokkinakis couldn’t be prouder.

“I cannot find enough words to show how proud I am of all that you have achieved in the last few months,” says Mr Kokkinakis. “You are a huge inspiration, not just to your peers, but to all of us. You will always have a very special place in our hearts.”

Throughout his time at Evelina London, Tony and his family have relied on the expertise of his clinical team, but they know that brand new pioneering equipment will help Mr Kokkinakis and his team take their child-centred support and care to the next level.

As a result, your donations to Tony’s campaign will fund innovative orthopaedic equipment so that Evelina London can support children and young people through treatments for even the most difficult bone and muscle conditions.

Extending Evelina London’s specialist care beyond the hospital

Evelina London remains an important part of Tony’s life. He will continue to receive follow up care at the hospital until he is an adult.

Thanks to your donations, Tony’s fundraising will aim to go towards extending Evelina London’s specialist care and support across south east England.

Improving therapeutic rehabilitation services for all the children cared for by Evelina London, no matter where they live, is a tall task. But thanks to your support, Evelina London will help children and young people across the South East have access to the very best care and treatment that they need closer to home. By giving families the option to have more of their specialist therapy out of the hospital, with less travel, children and their families can fit ongoing care around their busy childhoods. 

Thank you

Of course, Tony’s amazing legacy to the hospital that Paula refers to as “his second home” wouldn’t be possible without your kind and continued support.

“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."

Your support helps make amazing things happen for all the children at Evelina London. You can still donate to Tony’s fundraising page to support even more children just like Tony.