Three-year-old Hugo walks in support of his heroes

28 May 2020

Whilst clapping for his heroes on a Thursday evening, three-year-old Hugo asked his mum, Emily, how he could help fight the ‘Corona bug’. 

Emily suggested that he dress up as one of his heroes, a doctor, and walk 3 kilometres in order to raise money for our emergency COVID-19 appeal.

Hugo was desperate to support frontline NHS workers who were keeping him and his family safe during the pandemic so his mum Emily suggested that he walk 3 kilometres for his heroes, one kilometre for each of his three years of age. He also decided to try and raise £300, a huge target for such a little fundraiser. 

Hugo completed his walk on 16th May.  To help him on his way, his mum set him off with an ice lolly and he had his favourite magazine waiting for him when he got home.  As he arrived at his house after the walk, some of his neighbours were clapping for Hugo, just as Hugo had clapped for carers on Thursday nights.  Hugo was really proud of himself and could make the link between his fundraising and the heroes he was supporting.

His mum Emily knew that the new Nightingale Hospital in London is supported by our appeal and she explained to Hugo that he was supporting the doctors and nurses in the new hospital. She says: "We are all so proud of Hugo, especially hearing he's the youngest fundraiser for Barts Charity so far. It was great for Hugo to make a positive out of a negative."

Hugo has beaten his target and managed to raise over £350. Thank you Hugo!

If you have been inspired to fundraise for our NHS, please contact us or set up a fundraising page here.

Our COVID-19 Emergency Appeal is helping us provide urgent funds for staff who are working tirelessly across Barts Health NHS Trust. Donations are being used in many ways across our hospitals - from 3D-printed visors to protect front line staff, to iPads for isolated patients to speak with their loved ones.

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