Sabden schoolboy's marathon fundraising mission to combat homelessness raises £910

A 10-year-old boy moved by the plight of a homeless man outside a supermarket has smashed his fundraising goal by raising an impressive £910.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 3:45 pm

Thomas Wilson began the Step Forward Challenge where he ran 26 miles in a month to raise money for Crisis, the national charity for homeless people.

Last year, Thomas met a homeless man called Dean outside a supermarket while out shopping with his mum, Clare. They spoke with Dean every time they went shopping and even provided him with food and coffee. Dean's story about how he came to be on the streets inspired Thomas to run a half-marathon to raise funds for homeless charity Crisis. However, this year he decided to go one step further and run a whole marathon.

His marathon mission started at the beginning of March, completing some runs on the treadmill while others outdoors. The pupil of St Mary's RC Primary School, in Sabden, had an initial aim of raising £150, but he smashed the target and in total has raised over £900 for the worthwhile cause.

Thomas completed part of his mission by running on the treadmill

His proud mother, Clare said: "All the family are so proud that Thomas wanted to do this challenge. He's so big-hearted and determined. He ran 26 miles in a month to raise such an incredible amount. Well done Thomas."