Six year old, Hector Dee from Leeds, West Yorkshire has swapped his birthday party for a walking challenge to raise money for the NHS.

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore’s 100 laps for 100 years, Hector is walking one mile a day for six days to mark his sixth birthday. Instead of his party, he has asked for donations to the NHS to help with their COVID-19 response.

In this video blog recorded for us, he tells us why he has made this decision.

Pic of Hector

Hector is currently two walks into his challenge and has been enjoying the “fresh air and exercise” that walking brings, whilst spotting insects and butterflies, taking photographs and occasionally racing with his little brother, Elijah.

To prepare for his trips, Hector has been “getting into the right clothing, wearing comfy shoes and eating his cereal so that he has lots of energy.”

Hector’s parents weren’t part of his decision but are backing him all the way.

Georgie & David Dee said:

“We couldn’t be more proud of Hector – he came up with this fully formed idea and with the help of friends, family and strangers who saw posts on social media and has now raised over £2,600 to support our amazing NHS.”

Hector and his family

To celebrate Hector’s achievements and help him keep walking post-lockdown, Living Streets will be donating free Walk to School Week packs so that Hector and his classmates can take part in the national celebration of walking in October.

It’s so incredibly important to keep active now, both for our own health and to protect the NHS in the future. Not only is Hector doing that, but he’s raising money for the NHS at the same time. With National Walking Month around the corner, I can’t think of a better inspiration for people to take to their feet than Hector.

Jenni Wiggle, Interim CEO, Living Streets

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When Hector set out on his challenge, he had hoped to raise £36. To date, he has raised over £2,000.

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