By Sian Bayley, Local Democracy Reporter
A brave young Londoner is walking 10,000 steps every day in July to raise money for one of the children’s wards at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.
Charlie Green, nine, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease three years ago and regularly attends the Jungle Ward at St George’s for treatment.
For the past four months he has been shielding due to the immunosuppressive medication he receives, but as guidelines have eased, he has been enjoying walks again around his home in Thornton Heath.
Mum Nicola Robertson, 39, said: “He’s seen other people doing things lately for charity, for the NHS, and he just came up with the idea perhaps he could walk 10,000 steps a day. I’ve got a Fitbit so he knows how I try and get my steps in if I can every day.”
With his 10th birthday coming up, he wanted to raise money for the doctors and nurses who have been with him every step of the way.
Nicola said: “They are really caring and understanding. They have got a lot of time for Charlie when they put his cannula in and things. It’s a really nice ward.”
She first noticed Charlie, pictured above, was poorly when he started going to the toilet a lot and lost a huge amount of weight in a short space of time.
“We had lots of GP appointments, we thought it could be a tummy bug, we went to A&E a few times with suspected appendicitis and in the end the GP did some tests that showed that he had something high in his stool sample,” she said.
“He hasn’t had to have any surgery but he’s on two types of immunosuppressant medication, and that’s helping him keep the Crohn’s at bay.
“He’ll be on that forever now, I guess, unless that medication stops working, in which case they will have to find something else for him to have.
“Charlie’s really brave. You just don’t think of it any other way. It’s part of everyday life now.”
Charlie has been making amazing progress with his steps so far, already walking more than 60 miles in 12 days.
Nicola said: “This isn’t an easy challenge he has set himself as he tires very easily due to the Crohns, but he’s not letting that stop him. What a little champ.”
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