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Kate Middleton and Prince William 'so proud' of young boy for special reason

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The royal couple said they were “so proud of the incredible courage and determination shown” by Tony Hudgell. Tony had both of his legs amputated as a baby after enduring ghastly abuse from his biological parents.

The young boy, from West Malling, Kent, has pledged to walk every day in June to raise funds for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Tony took on the incredible challenge in order to give back to the healthcare workers who saved his life when he was just five weeks old.

A statement on the royal couple’s social media profiles said: “We are so proud of the incredible courage and determination shown by Tony Hudgell, who is aiming to complete a 10km walk to raise funds for Evelina London Children’s Hospital, of which The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron.

“Tony suffered injuries as a baby which meant that he had to have both of his legs amputated in 2017.

“Having received his first pair of prosthetic legs earlier this year, Tony vowed to walk 10km throughout June.

“Visit @tony_hudgell_bears_journey to find out more about Tony’s journey, inspired by Captain Tom Moore, to raise funds and thank the hospital who have cared for him since he was a baby.”

Former Prime Minister David Cameron’s son Ivan was hospitalised at the same health centre before his death in 2009 from a from a rare neurological disorder.

Mr Cameron praised Tony’s endeavour in a video posted to the hospital’s Twitter account.

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“Your story is an inspiration to us all. So thank you. We are right behind you.”

Tony and his family were delighter upon receiving the former prime minister’s well wishes.

Tony’s mother Paula, said: “We had to tell Tony who David Cameron is and when we said he was a previous Prime Minister he was ‘Oh wow’ and very impressed.

“We were quite stunned by it ourselves, and emotional to be honest.

“I remember his beautiful boy Ivan and it was touching to know that Mr Cameron and his family have as much fondness and admiration for the Evelina staff as we do.

“As he says, the money raised will help so many other children, just like they helped both our sons.”

Earlier this month, Chelsea football player Cesar Azpilicueta also addressed Tony in a video sent to BBC Breakfast during the youngster’s visit to the show.

Mr Azpilicueta said: “’Hi Tony, it’s Azpi here. Everyone at Chelsea is very proud of you and what you are doing.

“You are an inspiration to us all. When things return to normality, I would like you to come to the training ground to meet all the players. Take care, I hope to see you very soon.”



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