11-year-old George Mathias from Eccleston has won the Pride of Britain Young Fundraiser of the Year Award.
George has raised more than £30,000 to say thank you to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for saving his little brother’s life.
His little brother James was born seven weeks premature, spent five days in a coma and was close to death. Thanks to the staff at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, he made a full recovery and is now a happy and healthy six-year-old.
George was so grateful, he wanted to find a way to help the hospital treat other children. His dad Richard told him if he came up with an idea, he’d help make it happen.
George decided to run a mile for every month James had been alive, thanks to the doctors and nurses at Alder Hey.
But after reaching that goal, he didn’t stop. George is now on his 83rd mile and aiming for 100. So far George has raised over £32,000 in sponsorship and from auctioning off signed t-shirts he has received from well-known supporters including John Bishop and Steven Gerrard.
The first £25,000 has already been used to buy a specially-heated cot for premature babies in the Special Care Baby Unit.
George said “I’m so shocked to win this award. There are so many amazing people raising money for great causes I can’t believe the judges chose me. I couldn’t believe that Simon Cowell surprised me with the news. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has run with me, donated and supported me. The most important thing is that we have raised lots of money for Alder Hey for life saving equipment.”
George’s Dad, Richard said “We are so delighted for George to receive this incredible honour. He has worked incredibly hard to raise nearly £40,000 but it is still such a shock that the Pride of Britain have chosen him. James is really proud of him too. We would like to thank everyone who has supported George and donated.”
The 2017 Pride of Britain Awards will be screened on ITV on Tuesday 7th November
Watch the moment when Simon Cowell tells 11 year-old George, from Eccleston, that he has won a Pride Of Britain Award for his Run With George Fundraising campaign for Alder Hey.
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