For everyone in the UK, 2020 has been a difficult year. But there have been some people managing to lift the nation’s spirits including Marcus Rashford, Captain Tom Moore and young Tony Hudgell.

The annual Pride of Britain Awards are a great way to give recognition to those who have made a difference.

The twentieth annual awards ceremony was held on November 1st 2020.

The ITV show, hosted by Carol Vorderman, awarded six-year-old Tony the Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser award for raising over £1.5m for the hospital that saved his life.

Screenshot: Tony Hudgell Pride of Britain Awards 2020 – ITV

Who is Tony Hudgell?

Tony Hudgell is the winner of the 2020 Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser award.

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Six-year-old Tony was inspired by Captain Tom Moore to complete a walking challenge during lockdown.

Tony completed his 10k walking challenge on crutches as he is a double amputee, he had been learning to walk on new prosthetic legs before lockdown. Tony walked every day of June until he reached his target.

What is Tony Hudgell’s story?

Tony raised money for the hospital that saved his life as an infant after a terrible start in life.

He suffered horrific abuse at the hands of his birth parents, Tony was admitted to hospital with multiple fractures, sepsis and organ failure at just 41 days old. He had been without medical attention for up to 10 days.

As explained on his. JustGiving page, “In 2017, he needed to have both his legs amputated due to those extreme injuries. His left hip is dislocated and missing the ball joint due infection, he has hand issues and deaf in his right ear.”

Who are Tony’s parents?

Thankfully, Tony was fostered by Paula Hudgell and her husband, Mark. He lives with his foster siblings, Kyle, 18, Jessica, 14, Jaden, 13, and Lacey, eight in Kent.

Tony’s biological parents are currently in prison serving 10-year sentences for child cruelty.

Unfortunately, Paula and Mark deal with the ongoing issue of Tony’s birth parents being released in the future.

In April 2020, The Mirror reported that Paula “begged the prison service not to release them early due to the coronavirus pandemic”.

Paula often posts to Twitter with updates on Tony, follow his foster mum @paula_hudgell where she has over 3,000 followers.

Tony Hudgell: Charity

It’s safe to say that viewers of The Pride of Britain Awards were moved by Tony’s story.

Tonys mum, Paula, said: “Despite everything that Tony’s been through, he’s the bravest, most courageous little boy I’ve ever met“.

The six-year-old is an inspiration to many. A massive fan of Ant and Dec, Tony got to meet the TV presenting duo while on a day out to Hamleys, London. See the moment Ant and Dec surprised Tony below.

Tony raised over £1.5m for Evelina London Children’s Hospital, the hospital that saved his life when he was five weeks old. The JustGiving page for Tony’s fundraising is still open for anyone wishing to donate. You can also stay up-to-date with Tony’s journey via Instagram @tony_hudgell_bears_journey.

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