Ben raises hundreds for hospice and aims for even more

PUBLISHED: 11:15 25 June 2014

Ben Woodhouse with Charlie.

Ben Woodhouse with Charlie.

Tracy Woodhouse

A YOUNG lad from Weston has walked more than 26 miles, accompanied by his loyal dog Charlie, for charity and raised hundreds in the process.

Ben Woodhouse, a Priory Community School pupil, walked the 26.5 miles from Weston Hospicecare to Charlton Farm in Wraxall in support of the Children’s Hospice South West.

Last year, the 12-year-old, who suffers with dyslexia, dyspraxia and asthma, walked 18 miles from Yatton to Axbridge to raise money for Cardiac Risk In The Young.

He raised £475 and his aim was to beat that amount with the even bigger walk this year, where he was also accompanied by mum Tracy.

She said: “The walk took Ben nine hours while Charlie and I followed behind in case Ben had any issues.

“Ben started the walk at 7.30 in the morning and arrived at the hospice at 4.30pm. He was welcomed by the hospice staff and a banner made by the children and balloons. There was also lots of cake and drinks.”

Ben has so far raised £852 and the charity page is still running, as he and his mum hope to get a few more sponsors for his efforts to reach £1,000.

If you want to help Ben visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/benjaminwoodhouse and make a donation or tweet 
@scamperingpup to raise awareness of Ben’s support for the charity.

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