Double amputee, 8-year old Tony to climb Orrest Head

Tony Hudgell

An heroic eight-year-old boy, who is a double amputee, will be raising money for Lake District Foundation as part of his next challenge, to summit a Lake District fell.

Pride of Britain winner Tony Hudgell has set himself another awe-inspiring challenge ‘Summits up for Tony’, with his hike up Orrest Head, taking place on Tuesday 8th August.

His latest epic challenge follows on from the fundraising efforts of 2020 when, at just five, Tony raised more than a million pounds for The Evelina Children’s Hospital. The hospital saved Tony’s life when he was brought in aged just six weeks old with severe injuries inflicted by his birth parents, which resulted in multiple fractures, dislocations and eventually led to both Tony’s legs being amputated.

Tony’s latest adventure will raise funds for the Fix the Fells project, through the Lake District Foundation. As well as for the Bendrigg Trust, Crohn’s & Colitis UK and the Tony Hudgell Foundation.

Fix the Fells is a partnership programme that aims to prevent loss of grass and soil on Lakeland hills, by designing and creating paths that are resilient to wear and tear, reducing the impact on the surrounding landscape.

As the first fell summited by Alfred Wainwright in his first visit to the Lake District in 1930, Orrest Head provides an appropriate challenge for Tony’s first climb and for his indomitable spirit to conquer.

Grasmere’s The Swan will become ‘expedition headquarters’ in early August, hosting the young fundraiser and his family for the duration of his attempt to summit Orrest Head.

Tony’s £509 target has been smashed within the first week of fundraising, with The Inn Collection Group donating the target value itself and £2414 already pledged, at the time of writing.

Donations can be made in support of the Summit’s Up for Tony challenge by visiting https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/gotonygo

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