DETERMINED Edward Pagett will be putting on his walking boots in a bid to raise cash for a family friend.
The seven-year-old will hike 75 miles with his family to fundraise for Suki Mann, from Gosport.
Ms Mann, 48, was left unable to walk and in constant pain after a mesh implant for a pelvic organ prolapse went wrong.
Only surgery in America can help her and when Edward heard about the fundraising effort from his parents, he wanted to join in.
Initially he wanted to donate the money in his piggy bank but Ms Mann refused.
So he decided to think of other ways to help and decided to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall.
Edward said: ‘I feel sorry for Suki as I wouldn’t want my legs not to work properly.
‘I felt like I wanted to help as soon as possible.
‘I did not want to wait days or weeks or a year.
‘I felt like I just wanted to raise money and lots of it.
‘So I decided to do a sponsored walk.’
Edward will be accompanied on the walk in the north of England by his mum and dad, Amanda and Roy Pagett.
His 10-year-old brother Daniel will join them on the trek.
With 75 miles to cover, the family are aiming to walk between eight to 11 miles each day.
Mr Pagett said: ‘We’re very proud of him.
‘He has always been an empathetic child.
‘When he sees people upset he wants to comfort them.’
Edward’s fundraising campaign will help Ms Mann to pay for her corrective surgery.
She hopes the operation will give her as close to a normal life as possible and return her to how she was before she had to go undergo surgery.
She said: ‘Edward is incredible. I have seen adults who can’t really empathise with my situation.
‘I have been touched by Edward’s efforts.
‘When I last saw him he seemed very excited about the challenge.’
A target has not been set but Edward is hoping to raise as much as possible.
To make a donation to Ms Mann and her corrective surgery visit gofundme.com/Injured-by-mesh.