Disabled Alperton boy to walk two miles for Children in Need
PUBLISHED: 14:35 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:35 14 November 2017
Jack O'Donnell has never been able to walk the two miles from his home in Alperton to Wembley Stadium.
But this Friday the 13-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, is determined to succeed so he can raise money for Children In Need.
He also wants to raise awareness of children with mental health issues as he walks.
The schoolboy has already smashed his fundraising target of £200 raising more than £700 but he’s not giving up just yet.
He said: “I’ve always wanted to do something for Children in Need so I thought I would walk the two miles from my house to the Stadium because it’s a famous landmark.
“But while I’m walking I want to raise awareness of children with mental health issues. It’s not just adults who can face these kinds of challenges so it’s important you treat young people with respect and give them the same treatment as adults.
A lot of time people choose not to say anything about it as it’s not an easy thing to talk about.
“I know what it’s like and having been in a similar situation I feel responsible and want to do whatever I can.”
He’s setting off at midday dressed in a onesie with Pudsey Bear on it, Children in Need’s icon, and will walk up Ealing Road, on to Wembley High Road hopes to reach the stadium by 2pm.
He said: “Two miles is the furthest I’ve ever walked in one stretch. I’ve walked a mile before and took a big long break before walking back. My mind is ok, I just hope my body can keep going.
“I hope the people who support Children in Need will become more aware of the reasons I’m doing this.
“I’m happy for the money to go to whoever needs it. It’s all going to a great cause and if I can do something to help that, then why not?”
Mum Linda said: “Jack was born 10 weeks prematurely and was six weeks old when we were told of his condition.
“He really wanted to do this sponsored walk to raise as much money as possible. He’s already raised much more than we thought possible.
She added: “I am going to bring his wheelchair just in case he wants to make little pitstops, but he’s very determined. I believe he can do it, he’s very strong minded.”
To make a donation go to mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jackswalk#