A CARING boy from Solihull has been nominated for ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ at the annual Sense Awards, a national celebration of disabled people and those who support them.
Seth Walshe, who is 9-years-old, was inspired to take on the challenge of running a hundred kilometres in 2022 for his 7-year-old brother Mylo, who has complex medical needs and is supported by Sense.
Mylo was born with a virus which has resulted in him being deaf and blind as well as having other disabilities.
Last year, Mylo enjoyed going on a fun-filled holiday with Sense tailored for children with complex disabilities.
Seth wanted to take on a fundraising challenge to raise money so other children with complex disabilities could also go on Sense holidays, like Mylo.
Originally Seth planned to take part in a sponsored ten-kilometre race, but wasn’t eligible to take part due to his age.
Seth decided to take on the challenge of running five kilometres twenty times in 2022, to rack up a total of a hundred kilometres over the course of the year.
He is almost at the end of his challenge and has raised over £2,500 so far.
He said: “I was shocked to find out I had been shortlisted but also happy and proud. Sense is brilliant because they help people like my little brother Mylo.
“In the Summer he goes on a holiday with amazing people from Sense which he loves and means I can get some special time with Mum and Dad. It costs lots of money to look after Mylo on his holiday, so I want to raise as much money as possible for them.”
Sense chief executive, Richard Kramer, added: “Seth has shown great determination and commitment in taking on this challenge at a young age. He clearly adores his brother Mylo and it’s lovely to see the bond the two brothers have. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate Seth at the Sense Awards for the work he has done raising funds for our vital work.”
Visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/seth100km to donate.