Northfleet boy’s 23 mile Royal British Legion charity walk
PUBLISHED: 12:06 22 July 2011
Eleven-year-old fundraiser George Taylor has collected more than £1,000 for the Royal British Legion by taking part in two fundraisers within a few days.
On Saturday the youngster, along with his family, walked 23 miles in the pouring rain from the aptly-named Battle of Britain pub in Northfleet to the Royal British Legion village, Aylesford.
He was piped in by the Rochester Pipe and Drum band who presented him with a trophy, which he showed to friends at Shear’s Green Primary School on Monday when they held a Red Day to boost funds.
George started raising money for the charity after seeing a war veteran on television saying he had been forced to sell his war medals to pay for household bills and decided to write to the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, about the situation.
He said: “I started fundraising when I was eight-years-old. I don’t want to stop and am now planning to hold a five-a-side football match.
“The walk was very tiring and wet but great fun and for an important cause. I chose red day because that is the colour of the poppy.
“I believe youngsters should be aware of the Armed Services and support them.
“A war veteran should not be forced to sell medals to pay gas bills.”
Since launching his campaign, George, of Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, has met the Queen, read a poem at the Trafalgar Square Remembrance Day Service and spoken with MPs at Westminster.
He has raised about £3,000 in total.
The money will go towards the charity’s Battle Back Centre, rehabilitating those injured in combat.
n If you wish to sponsor George and his family’s walk you can go online at www.neverforget.tributefunds.com/battle-back-walk
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