Bridgend Badger walks 26 miles for fundraiser

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A boy from Bridgend has walked 26 miles in 16 days to raise money for a leading first aid charity.

Morgan Gillette, 7, completed 26 laps of Channel View, a street near his home in Brackla.

As a member of his local Badger group, Morgan was inspired to help raise vital funds for St John Ambulance Cymru who have been on the front line in the fight against Covid-19.

While working towards his ‘Super Badger’ award, Morgan decided on the fundraiser as part of the 2.6 Challenge, a campaign designed to help charities across the UK to raise money which would normally come from this year’s postponed London Marathon.

Ryan, Morgan’s father, suggested he got involved by completing 26 laps of the nearby street.

Morgan’s initial fundraising target was £150, but thanks to a surge of generosity from friends and family, his current total stands at £799. Morgan is now looking to reach the next step and hit the £1,000 mark.

While he normally prefers to spend his time watching videos online and playing videogames, Morgan’s mother Sam said that he has thoroughly enjoyed this new challenge.

“Morgan was really inspired by seeing all the amazing work volunteers at the charity were doing and was motivated to carry on after seeing all of the support he was receiving.

Morgan splits his time between me and his dad, so we took turns walking with him.

He brought along his mascot, Badger the badger, to keep his spirits high and completed everything in just 16 days. He was really happy to have done something for a worthy cause.”

Morgan's mum, Sam

Since finishing his challenge Morgan has been inspired to continue to keep up his new active lifestyle, walking most days.

Help Morgan support St John Ambulance Cymru’s lifesaving work by donating: justgiving.com/fundraising/Morgan-Gillette

For more information about St John Ambulance Cymru and about how you can get involved in the 2.6 Challenge click here.

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