Published: 08:39, 01 July 2020
| Updated: 08:49, 01 July 2020
A boy who raised more than £1 million for charity by walking 10km on his new prosthetic legs has been presented with the Prime Minister's Points of Light Award.
Tony Hudgell lost his limbs after being abused as a baby and raised the funds for the Evelina Children's Hospital.
The hospital saved his life after suffering the abuse at the hands of his biological parents.
The award recognises outstanding efforts made by individual volunteers.
Tony’s mum, Paula Hudgell, said: "We as a family are absolutely thrilled that Tony has been honoured with this award.
"He knows he has raised some money for the hospital that saved his life but doesn’t completely understand the enormity of the amount.
"He now knows he has won this award but the icing on the cake for Tony is a letter from the Prime Minister – he just loves Boris.
"Thank you so much for the recognition of what Tony has achieved..."
"It just goes to show from the most unfortunate start in life, with the right love and support, a huge amount of determination and a positive attitude you can succeed in life and make a real difference.
"Thank you so much for the recognition of what Tony has achieved."
The accolade, which Tony is the 1,413th recipient of, was presented to him by Tonbridge and Malling MP, Tom Tugendhat.
"Tony Hudgell is an inspiration to everyone. He has captured the hearts of the nation and his challenge has enabled him to share just how special he is," said Mr Tugendhat.
"It has been a privilege to know Tony since he was so young and vulnerable and work with his family for many years to get justice for him.
"His fundraising efforts are deservedly rewarded with the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award, and it is an honour to present this to him."