Parker walks 62 miles to help charity supporting his baby brother
FIVE-year-old Parker Walker is living up to his name by embarking on a 100km fundraiser to help the charity which is supporting his baby brother Alexander, who was born profoundly deaf.
Parker, who was inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore, is aiming to complete a total of 100km (62 miles) in a month to raise money for the National Deaf Children’s Society to help research into deafness.
His seven-month-old brother, Alexander, was diagnosed as profoundly deaf at six weeks old and will need a cochlear implant very soon.
Parker was inspired to help after learning about Captain Tom’s remarkable charity walk for the NHS during lockdown.
The boys' mum Olivia said: "A close friend of mine is an artist and he drew a picture of Captain Tom. I showed Parker and he asked who he was.
"So I got some YouTube clips and showed him, and he said he wanted to do it, too.
“We spoke about charities and Parker said he wanted to do it for Alexander, but we explained that it wouldn’t be just for Alexander but would be for the help that he and others will need.
"He is really keen, and loves seeing the total go up each day.
"Most of the walking has been locally around Thornbury, but we’ve been to Oldbury along by the sailing club, Old Down, Berkeley, to Bath along the canal – and Thornbury to Bradley Stoke was a long one.
"Parker was particularly looking forward to the final leg across the Severn Bridge and back."
As the Voice went to press, the total raised had passed £1,100.
Donations can be made online at facebook.com/donate/886036445311253
Olivia said it had been comforting how the National Children’s Deaf Society had helped fast-track Alexander’s treatment: he was fitted with hearing aids at just eight weeks old.
She said: "At the time it seems devastating, but with the charity to help, you suddenly realise that its not the sort of setback that it would have been years ago.
"The support children like Alexander have is something that a hearing child wouldn’t have, like first choice of schools, for instance.
“We have met so many people in and around Bristol, parents of deaf children who have messaged me after seeing about Alexander’s case and Parker’s fundraising.
"We’ve met one family whose daughter has a cochlear implant and it makes you realise you are not the only ones going through it.”
Parker, a pupil at St Helen's Primary in Alveston, hopes to celebrate the end of his fundraising with a day out at Legoland.