Young lad raises money for hospital which saved his life

Toby Hudgell
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A disabled schoolboy who has gripped the hearts of the nation has been honoured with a very special royal message.

Double amputee Toby Hudgell, from Kent was so inspired by Captain Tom Moore, who raised millions of pounds for the NHS walking around his garden, the 5-year-old thought he would follow in the veteran’s footsteps.

The young hero’s JustGiving page has already raised over £915,000 for the Evelina London Hospital which saved his life when he was a toddler.

Forty-one days after he was born Toby was rushed to an emergency ward after his biological parents spun him round holding on to his ankles.

The incident left the boy with toxic shock, multiple fractures and sepsis, in 2017 surgeons had no option but to remove both his legs.

Last month his family revealed Toby was making a huge improvement, defeating the odds put against him and raising money for a cause close to his heart.

They told Evening Standard: "Over the last week he has been learning to walk on his new legs with crutches, and he wanted to raise some pennies for the wonderful hospital the Evelina Children's Hospital whom is his second home.

"Please help him and encourage him to walk every day of June hoping to reach his target of 10 kilometres."

His remarkable achievement has not only been applauded by nationwide coverage but also a certain couple, namely the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

A post on the Kensington Palace Instagram account by William and Kate congratulated the young lad saying he had "incredible courage and determination"

Toby’s adopted mum Paula Hudgell told Kent Online: "We just can't thank everybody enough for all the support, love and messages. It's just been so wonderful for Tony, his walking has improved so much."

His biological parents were jailed for 10 years in 2018 and have made numerous failed attempts to reduce their sentence.

On Monday the Evelina London Hospital thanked Toby by having hid names in lights on the huge screen in Piccadilly Circus – imagine that eh?

The Duchess of Cambridge is a patron of the same hospital where doctors saved Toby’s life.