He may only be 10-years-old, but kind-hearted Dylan Whiteley has completed a 100-mile trek in four days and swam 250m. in memory of his “grandpa”.
Dylan embarked on a very personal walking challenge with his dad, Lee, with an aim of raising £500 for the East Lancashire Hospice.
In fact, he smashed his fundraising target and raised £800.
And he made a splash for charity finishing his swim in seven minutes and 18 seconds,
The Edisford Primary School pupil successfully completed the Ribble Way from Longton, Preston, to the Yorkshire Dales – a total of 78.5 miles over four days, but Dylan walked an extra 20 miles.
His charity efforts didn’t end here as two weeks later he swam 250m in the children’s leg of the Great North Swim. The open water swim challenge in Lake Windermere is the equivalent to 10 lengths of a standard 25m pool and Dylan’s mum, Nicola, joined her son in the water.
Proud of his achievements, Nicola said: “My dad, Barry Webb, died in the hospice aged 67 in March 2014. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“Dylan was very close to his Grandpa and knows that the hospice looked after him and us after he died. I am so proud of Dylan. His teachers and peers think he is amazing.”
“He has taken it all in his stride and has been an absolute inspiration. We are all so proud of him and in awe of how he has completed such an epic challenge seemly with ease, determination and a can do attitude.”
Nicola added: “Dylan, along with his six-year-old sister, Melody, myself and my husband have been raising money for the East Lancashire Hospice since we lost my dad.
“The care my dad and we, as a family, received was invaluable. Dylan knows how much money they need to raise per year to stay open, which is why he wants to continue to raise money for them.”
Anyone still wishing to sponsor Dylan can do so by logging onto www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dylanschallenge