Youngster Launches Fundraising Campaign After Being Inspired By Captain Tom Moore
A youngster from Liversedge with cerebral palsy has raised more than £3,000 as part of a charity challenge to walk 2.6km before his ninth birthday in June.
Zach Eagling is walking 20 metre laps of his garden as part of the 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising event held this year in place of the London Marathon. He began on May 10 and aims for completion by the time he turns nine on June 16.
Zach was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was three. His condition means he has difficulties with his mobility and cognitive development.
Since his diagnosis, specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have helped him and his family access specialist therapies and support he requires.
Expert Opinion“It is incredible to hear about Zach’s determination and generosity by taking part in a charity fund-raiser which is clearly a challenge for him.
The charity sector is undoubtedly struggling at this time and it is great to see Zach helping to make a difference.
He is also a brilliant example of why you shouldn’t let disability stop you from doing what you want to achieve.”
Rachelle Mahapatra - Partner
Many charities are struggling to maintain services, with their income hit hard during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2.6 Challenge was designed to encourage people to host their own fundraisers after many events had to be cancelled.
Zach’s activity was inspired by Captain Tom Moore who recently raised more than £30million for the NHS, also by walking laps of his garden.
Zach’s choice of charity is the Epilepsy Society as he lives with the condition and wishes to raise awareness.
His mum Claire Keer, 38, said: “Zach became obsessed with hearing about Captain Tom and said he wanted to walk for charity.
“We came across the 2.6 Challenge and thought around £260 was a reasonable target considering the amount of people struggling financially just now. But within a few hours he had surpassed it and reached almost £500. Now the total is sitting at more than £3,000 which is absolutely incredible.
“We are all so proud of what he has achieved and are continuing to support him throughout the remainder of his challenge. He’s only recently started walking independently from his walking frame, so it is a huge challenge for him physically.
“We are so grateful to everyone who has supported Zach and donated money.”
Anyone that would like to sponsor Zach can do it on his JustGiving page