Schoolboy Will's 100-miles walking challenge for NHS charity

By James Vukmirovic | Penkridge | Coronavirus | Published:

A schoolboy bored of school work and his Xbox has been making great strides for charity.

Will Jones from Penkridge has challenged himself to walk 100 miles in May to support New Cross Hospital, where his mum Joanne is a nurse

Will Jones decided to take on a challenge for charity after being inspired by Captain Tom Moore's 100-lap walk around his garden.

It was during a walk near his home in Penkridge with his dad Chris that the 12-year-old decided to do a 100-miles in May challenge to raise funds for New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

Chris said Will had decided to do the challenge to raise funds for New Cross Hospital as his mum Joanne works there in the post-surgical ward.

Since the beginning of the month, Will has covered more than 44 miles around Penkridge and the surrounding area with his dad, passing the 50-mile mark on Wednesday, May 13.

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Chris, who keeps a track on the miles using a Strava app on his phone, said he was very proud of his son for what he had achieved with this walking challenge.


He said: "I can't speak highly enough of what Will has achieved with this and I think it's brought us closer together.

"I now think I know more about him now then I did pre-lockdown and I'm bowled over to see him be prepared to do something to help people.

"When he told his mum about it, she burst into tears because it meant so much to her and I know it means a lot to all the people at New Cross as well."

Will, who is a pupil at Penkridge Middle school, said he has wanted to do something besides school work and playing on his Xbox, so decided to do the walk as a challenge.


Will said he had set a target of £500 originally, but was now looking to raise more than £1,000.

He said: "I used to do a bit of walking, but never as much as this, but I'll definitely be doing more when it's all over.

"I just wanted to do something to help people and found this was the best way because my mum works for the NHS."

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James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
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