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Six year old Oliver walks 13 miles to raise hundreds for children’s charity

April 4th, 2017

A kind-hearted little boy has walked the distance of a half marathon to raise more than £600 for a children’s charity.
Oliver, from Agincourt School and Nursery, decided to take on the mammoth challenge when he heard about Elusen Jac Bach, a foundation which collects funds for children who need life-changing medical treatment.

Accompanied by his parents, six-year-old Oliver set off from Agincourt at 8.30am on Friday, hiking 12 miles to Tintern along the River Wye and another mile home after a bus journey back to Monmouth.

All of his classmates lined up at the start point to cheer and wave him on his way.

Oliver said: “Jac Bach is raising money for children that have illnesses and we want to help them buy equipment. They might need to buy some blood testers.

“I wanted to do the walk so I can help them to get better and have a lovely life. My family does a lot of walking – we need to get daddy to stop eating too much. His favourite thing to eat is chocolate and he might need to lose a few stone.

“I enjoyed the walk because half of it was along an old railway line. We saw some bits of track, a railway bridge, and a blackbird’s nest. It was a bit rainy at the start but the weather got better later on.”

Oliver’s mum, Louise, learned how to use Twitter so that everyone at Agincourt could follow his progress throughout the day.

He added: “It took a few hours but we got there before school finished. We managed to start two minutes early, at about 8.30am.

“My school friends all waved and cheered when we left; it made me feel really happy.

“My target was to raise £500 and I’m very happy we have made it passed that. This is the first time I’ve raised money for charity. I will probably do a few more walks like this.

“I like the fresh air, stopping to have picnics, and it’s a good way to spend time with mummy and daddy.”

Agincourt has chosen Elusen Jac Bach as its charity of the year, having supported Tŷ Hafan for the last two years.

Jennie Phillips, Headmistress, said: “We are aware that children here are very lucky and so we always try and support a local charity. This is pure Oliver – he’s a really compassionate little boy and mature beyond his years. He’s a kind and caring member of the class, so we weren’t surprised when he suggested doing the walk; that’s just what he’s like.”

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