Torbay boy Louie Skinner completes 2.6k walk for Rowcroft Hospice - and raises £2,700

Louie Skinner during his walk

Louie Skinner during his walk - Credit: Archant

A seven-year-old Torquay boy has raised more than £3,000 for Rowcroft Hospice with a 2.6k challenge walk.

Louie Skinner with his parents, Lucy and Nick, and sister Sienna

Louie Skinner with his parents, Lucy and Nick, and sister Sienna - Credit: Archant

Louie Skinner has cerebral palsy which makes his muscles tight and since lockdown, his parents have been encouraging him to walk 1k every day to keep him fit.

Mum Lucy said: 'His feet are sore and his legs are tired but Louie completed his 2.6k walk for Rowcroft Hospice.

'Thank you all for your donations, support and kind words. We are so proud of him. He even said he was proud of himself but that he won't be doing it again in a hurry!'

Louie, who lives in Torquay with mum Lucy, dad Nick and little sister Sienna, goes to Shiphay School.

Louie is cheered on by Torquay police

Louie is cheered on by Torquay police - Credit: Archant

In 2015, he underwent pioneering surgery to enable him to be able to walk, after the family raised £120,000 to pay for it.

Lucy said: 'He's a cheeky little seven year old who has us in stitches every single day. He's such a character! He's honestly so funny, so caring, so loving! He's just the most amazing little boy.

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'We walked along the seafront. We didn't specifically plan a route, we just put 'map my run' on my phone, gave Louie the phone in his pocket and it tracks distance etc. That way Lou was taking the lead... and we all had to stay behind him!'

'We saw Captain Tom had raised a lot of money by walking. Then Louie saw the 2.6k challenge. He wanted to walk so we suggested walking 2.6k.

'We gave Lou some options of charities and told him a bit about them and he choose Rowcroft. He wanted to raise £1 million! So far, Louie has raised more than £2,700!

'Everybody locally, and even further afield, have always been so supportive of Louie. He's built up a little following since his own fundraising days so everyone always gets right behind him.

'We had Torbay police pay him a visit en route and let him wear their hat and have photos.

'We also had friends drive by beeping and cheering him on.

'It's been so humbling and overwhelming the amount of support he's had. We've received hundreds of lovely messages.'

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