Seven-year-old walks marathon for local charity

Seven-year-old Nathan on one of his walks around Enfield Lock
Seven-year-old Nathan on one of his walks around Enfield Lock

Nathan Honess raises £600 for learning disabilities support charity, report James Cracknell

A seven-year-old boy from Enfield Lock has walked a marathon during lockdown to help raise money for a local charity.

Nathan Honess had been joining his mum Tara out for her regular walks before he hit upon an idea to set himself a target and start fundraising. Initially aiming to clock up enough miles for a half-marathon, after a few weeks the Prince of Wales Primary School pupil surpassed the distance of a full marathon.

On his online fundraising page, Nathan has raised more than £600 for Zebras Children and Adults Charity, which supports families and children with learning disabilities in Enfield.

Nathan’s favourite route to walk is around the River Lea and Enfield Island Village, where there also happens to be a cake shop he likes. Tara told the Dispatch: “I had been doing my own fitness challenge and bringing Nathan along with me.

“We knew the charity [Zebras] because we helped with their toy appeal at Christmas, and Nathan wanted to put the walking we were doing during lockdown to good use by raising money for them.

“Zebras do amazing work, we have also been helping them deliver fruit and veg to local families. Nathan is that type of friend, he will see someone struggling and he wants to help.

“He understands he is very lucky with the toys he has and he wants to help other people.”

Nathan and Tara completed their marathon last week, less than a month after they started. Nathan said: “It was pretty exhausting, but I enjoyed it.”

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