A 10-year-old boy walked over thirty miles to raise money for charities which help support his severely disabled brother.
Seth Mayers, of Sirdar Road, Ladbroke Grove, walked 31 miles from the Quantock Hills to Minehead in Somerset to raise funds for Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice and The Big Splash Trust which supports children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and disabilities at the Jack Tizard School, in Shepherd’s Bush.
His younger brother, Jonah, eight, goes to the specialist school so Seth, a pupil at St Clement and St James CE Primary School, wanted to do something to help people like his brother.
Jonah had a liver transplant just before he turned one-year-old which led to brain damage, leaving him unable to walk or talk. He goes to the Jack Tizard School which caters for two to 19-year-olds with all types of disabilities from Hammersmith and Fulham and other boroughs.
After setting a target of around £300, Seth impressed family and friends so much with his long walk over Easter that he has managed to raise over £2,700.
The eldest of three boys, Seth said: “I chose those charities because I wanted to help children like my brother in the same situation. It was a long walk but it was quite easy in the end even though I didn’t do any training. I didn’t think I’d be able to raise so much money but all my relatives and friends have been so generous.
“I hope the money will go towards equipment and staff at the hospice an Jack Tizard School.”
Ben Mayer, 45, father to Seth, Jonah and Noah, 5, and husband to Tania Duarte, is extremely proud of the youngster and said it’s so lovely how much he likes supporting Jonah. The stay-at-home dad said: “Seth has always been great with his brother, he was very young when everything happened with Jonah but has always been very understanding and supportive, he loves him so much.
“Seth said he wanted to do something to raise money for the two charities which help Jonah so much and the support from everybody has been great.
“We live in Kensington and Chelsea but there’s no provision of a school like Jack Tizard so the council provides for Jonah to go there even though it’s in Hammersmith and Fulham. It really is a wonderful school, Jonah loves going and he gets one-on-one teaching along the same lines of the normal curriculum.
“We’re so grateful to all the donations made and anymore that come in will be much appreciated.”
To donate go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenMayers