AN AMAZING six-year-old boy with spina bifida is walking 10 metres a day with his frame to raise funds for NHS workers tackling the coronavirus crisis.
Frank Mills from Bristol was inspired to raise money after seeing fundraising hero Captain Tom Moore complete 100 laps of his home in Bedfordshire.
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The 99-year-old war veteran captured hearts around the world with his fundraiser which has raised a staggering £26 million for NHS Charities Together.
Frank’s mum, Janet Mills, told the Bristol Post: “When Frank saw Captain Tom on TV, he said: ‘I want to do that.’
“So we grabbed hold of that magic moment and we took his walker outside for him and chalked out 10 metres on the pavement with a start and finish line and two metre ‘you can do it!’ markers.
“Frank’s enthusiasm was not just surprising but invigorating and as he shouted at one of our neighbours to sponsor him, we thought why not?
“Maybe we could get some friends and family to support Frank.”
The six-year-old from Victoria Park only started walking 18 months agao and still struggles to complete short distances.
His initial goal was to raise £99 but generous donors have helped Frank raise an incredible £70,760 on his Justgiving page.
Frank was born prematurely at just under 25 weeks and spent nearly five months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital.
He was also born with spina bifida, a condition where a baby’s spine doesn’t develop properly in the womb.
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Frank’s parents, Janet and Tony, have praised staff at Southmead and Bristol Children’s Hospital for their “absolutely amazing care and dedication”.
Money raised from Frank’s Finish Line Fundraiser will also go to NHS Charities Together, an umbrella organisation that supports health service charities.
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“At a time of great national anxiety, Captain Tom has given us a really good news story when we desperately needed one, especially inspiring our little lad Frank,” said Janet.
“Folk have been so generous, especially at a time when people are stuggling financially, and we would like to thank everyone who has supported Frank from the bottom of our hearts.
“It restores your faith in humanity.”