Prime Minister David Cameron praises St Albans pupil’s 194-mile charity trek

St Columba's College pupil Henry Moody, with his letter from Prime Minister David Cameron

St Columba's College pupil Henry Moody, with his letter from Prime Minister David Cameron - Credit: Photo supplied

The gruelling fundraising efforts of a St Albans pupil who walked nearly 200 miles to help child amputees has been applauded by the Prime Minister.

Fourteen-year old Henry Moody, a Year 10 pupil at St Columba’s College, successfully completed a 194-mile trek coast to coast between St Bees, a coastal village in Cumbria, to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire three months ago.

The teenager was prompted to take action after being very moved by a talk given by representatives of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, a charity which supports children who have lost their limbs through war, accidents and lack of access to medical care, particularly during times of war.

Having previously done a few shorter walks, he decided to challenge himself by walking coast to coast, and ended up raising about £700.

With his mum for company, they clambered across mountains, moorland and bog.


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Labelling it as an “epic adventure”, Henry described the trek as “12 solid days of doing exactly one thing over and over again – putting one foot in front of the other”.

The charity was so impressed with his efforts it contacted 10 Downing Street. In response, David Cameron wrote to the teenager last month telling him that volunteers like him were doing ‘fantastic work all across the UK’.

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Mr Cameron said: “Your contribution is very much appreciated and you should be incredibly proud of the positive impact your volunteering has. Thank you for making a difference.”

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