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The kid who’s raised ₤ 1.5 m for the hospital that saved his life

The kid who’s raised ₤ 1.5 m for the hospital that saved his life
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It’s not everyone who can state their name has actually been lit up throughout London’s BT Tower but six-year-old Tony Hudgell can claim just that.

” He had a big smile on his face and his little legs were going, that’s what he does when he’s delighted,” stated his proud mum Paula.

It was to coincide with the reality that the little kid was crowned the Pride of Britain Good Early Morning Britain Young Fundraising event after raising more than ₤ 1.5 million for the medical facility that saved his life as an infant.

Tony was just41 days old when he was admitted to healthcare facility with several fractures, sepsis and organ failure.

Abused by his birth parents, each of his small limbs had been broken and he had been without medical attention for up to 10 days.

But foster carer Paula offered him a house with her other half and eight older kids, and Tony flourished.

And on Sunday night his parents let him keep up late as an unique reward so he could see himself be transmitted to countless viewers on the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in collaboration with TSB.



Paula informed The Mirror: “Tony’s typical bedtime is 7pm but luckily for him he’s rather great at staying awake!

” All the kids were in their pyjamas, we had popcorn for the kids and prosecco for me and Mark and had the fire going.

” Everybody truly needed something uplifting, especially after Saturday’s statement.


Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly dressed as toy soldiers to amaze Tony in Hamleys
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Tony and his award

” He was just so over the moon to see his two idols!

” They were all hyped up for it”

See the moment when Captain Tom Moore got a Pride of Britain Award on GMB

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Paula, 53, has informed Tony’s story often times however she confesses seeing her son’s remarkable accomplishment on tv made her feel overwhelmed with pride at how far Tony has come.

” I have informed it numerous times. It’s almost at times you become removed from it however it still hurts,” she says. “So to see it once again on TELEVISION, with millions seeing, was so emotional. We had a couple of tears.”

Prior to lockdown Tony had been discovering to walk using his brand-new prosthetic legs, and when he saw 100- year-old Captain Sir Tom Moore completing his own unbelievable charity walking obstacle on TELEVISION, Tony immediately said: “I can do that.”

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So the household developed a walking difficulty for Tony, more as a way of ensuring they did day-to-day walking practice with him.

His determination caught the heart of the country and he raised over ₤ 1.5 m for the Evelina London Children’s Healthcare facility where he is treated.

” We are so appreciative to everyone who has actually contributed, Paula says. “If they can keep donating we will be hugely grateful. It’s not going to stop here.

” We are just enormously proud of him and all the money that’s been raised for the terrific healthcare facility. He’s now known as the Pride of Evelina London which is psychological. He currently has a substantial legacy and he is only 6. We might not be prouder.”

Likewise honoured were the NHS heroes who have made personal sacrifices and worked relentlessly throughout the pandemic.

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Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds taped a message from Chequers for the Pride of Britain Awards.

Boris Johnson nominated the 2 nurses, Jenny McGee and Luis Pitarma, who saved his life when he was in extensive care with coronavirus.

The PM said: “I want to pay thanks to the entirely brilliant team at St Thomas’ Health center who saved my life. There were many of them, but I want to nominate two nurses in particular, Luis and Jenny.”

Luis, 29, from Portugal, was by Johnson’s side for three nights as he lay in ICU.

” I felt exceptionally proud for somebody like him to recognise the quality of the job I ‘d done. I was very pleased with his words, they were extremely kind,” he said at the time.

And New Zealander Jenny, 36, explained the PM as “just another patient we were attempting to do our best for”.

You can watch The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB on the ITV Hub now and at 10.45 pm on Monday, November 2

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