Tony Hudgell lost both his legs after suffering abuse from his biological parents as a newborn, who left him on life support at a London children’s hospital.
He set out to raise £ 500 for the same hospital by walking throughout June – but smashed that target almost instantly, raising £ 1.1 million on his online fundraising page as of Wednesday.
Tony completed his walk Tuesday in front of a sizable crowd in his hometown of West Malling, southeast England, and celebrated with his adoptive family.
“It’s incredible to think that just a few weeks ago Tony could barely take a few steps. He was such a strong and determined boy and we are so proud,” his mother, Paula Hudgell, told the PA Media news agency at the event. .
“Paula has been giving us regular updates and we’ve been amazed at his progress,” Caroline Gormley, Associate Director of Fundraising at the hospital, said in a statement.
“His strength and the generosity of everyone who has donated will make such an incredible difference. He has made everyone at Evelina London so proud.”