BRAVE seven-year-old Edward Pagett walked 75 miles along Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for his friend’s mum, who is in desperate need of an operation.
But there was a double delight in store as Edward completed his nine-day walk as his friend’s mum Suki Mann reached her fundraising target.
Edward took his family – 10-year-old brother Daniel, and parents Amanda and Roy – on the hike in aid of Suki, from Gosport, who needs an operation in America after a mesh implant for a pelvic organ prolapse went wrong, which left her in constant pain and prevents her from walking.
They finished their heroic endeavour last week, just as news broke that Suki has reached the £16,800 she needs.
Edward raised £8 a mile, totalling more than £600, with more donations coming in.
The Pagetts began their journey in Newcastle and hiked all the way across the top of England, parallel to the Scottish border, until they reached the end of the wall in Bowness-on-Solway.
Edward said his favourite day was the day they walked 13 miles.
‘It was really good,’ he said.
‘And the views were really good, too.’
The family spent their days hiking and nights in bunk-rooms, hostels, and tents.
Edward and Daniel spent their days running and playing, waiting for their parents to catch up.
‘They spent a lot of the time in front,’ said mum Amanda.
Suki, 48, said she was taken back by the gesture.
‘I have been touched by Edward’s efforts,’ she said.
‘Edward’s actions have had a deep impact on my son Jakob and I, and I still get choked when I think about it.’
Suki’s son Jakob, 10, said: ‘Edward’s walk is so inspiring.
‘He wasn’t asked to do this, he just came up with the idea and that is pretty heroic. I’m so glad that Edward is my friend.’
Suki, from Beauchamp Avenue, is due to leave for her operation on September 12.
She said: ‘It is a huge relief that we’ve been able to raise the money needed.
‘There was a point when I didn’t think we were going to make it.
‘Edward completing his challenge at the same time was the icing on the cake.’