Shropshire three-year-old and dad are walking 2.6km for 26 days to raise funds for charity

Three-year-old William and dad, Chris Sedgley, 53, a production manager from Pontesford, Shropshire, are raising funds for childhood cancer research charity Children with Cancer UK by walking 2.6km every day over 26 days – with their final walk this Saturday, 16 May. Their challenge is part of the national 2.6 Challenge to raise funds for UK charities amidst COVID-19.

Since starting their daily walking challenge the pair have raised more than £700 for Children with Cancer UK and are aiming to raise £1000 in total.

Chris commented:

“We committed to walking 2.6km for 26 days over the space of a month after hearing of charities losing out on fundraising this year due to the cancellation of the London Marathon. We chose Children with Cancer UK as my cousin lost her daughter to cancer and this charity fund vital research into childhood cancers which saves lives.

“We have been walking around Pontesford, including walking up Earls Hill. We started out with the aim of doing 2.6km each day but my son loves seeing all the gorgeous countryside and animals on his travels and is always keen to keep on walking. We’ll usually walk for around an hour.

“We have now done 89.2km and have realised that we are on target to complete 2.6 marathons once we have completed our last four walks this week.” 

William said he was most enjoying ‘seeing all the birds and seeing Rosa the horse’. 

Children with Cancer CEO Mark Brider commented:

“I would like to thank William and Chris for taking part in the challenge and helping to raise much needed funds for the fight against childhood cancer. Unfortunately big events such as the London Marathon have been postponed or cancelled, but people can still play their part in tackling childhood cancer through fundraising initiatives such as the 2.6 Challenge.”

The 2.6 Challenge has raised more than £10 million since its launch on 26 April. A record total of 3,961 charities, as well as thousands of organisations and individuals, got behind The 2.6 Challenge, making the campaign to help save the UK’s charities the biggest collective fundraising effort ever in the UK – and it is believed in the world.

To donate to William and Chris’s fundraising page, visit

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