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Tony Hudgell from Kings Hill receives British Citizen Youth Award at the House of Lords for fundraising efforts


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A brave seven-year-old boy who raised more than £1.5million for charity has received a British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA) at the House of Lords today.

Tony Hudgell from Kings Hill was recognised for his fundraising efforts after walking 10km last summer on his prosthetic legs for the Evelina Children's Hospital in London.

Tony Hudgell with his British Citizen Youth Award at the House of Lords. Picture: Paula Hudgell
Tony Hudgell with his British Citizen Youth Award at the House of Lords. Picture: Paula Hudgell

Doctors and nurses there saved Tony's life when he was a baby after he suffered horrendous abuse from his birth parents.

He had to have both legs amputated at just 41 days old.

The BCyA is designed to recognise young people who have positively impacted their communities by helping charities or undertaking exceptional activities.

There's no denying Tony is a worthy winner after his exceptional efforts and he went to collect his medal at the special ceremony in the House of Lords today.

It was hosted by Rt. Hon. Lord Dholakia and Tony was presented with his medal by Dame Mary Perkins and television presenter Anthea Turner.

Tony with BCyA patron Dr Alex George. Picture: Paula Hudgell
Tony with BCyA patron Dr Alex George. Picture: Paula Hudgell
Tony with Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat at the ceremony. Picture: Paula Hudgell
Tony with Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat at the ceremony. Picture: Paula Hudgell

Tony's adoptive mother Paula Hudgell said: "We are so proud of him and it just shows that anything is possible from the worst start in life to now.

"In his speech, when we went up to collect his award, Tony said 'I'm very proud of myself' so he knows how special this is.

"They only give out a few each year so it's lovely for Tony to have received this medal."

Joining him at the ceremony was Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat who has campaigned alongside the Hudgells to introduce 'Tony's Law' in an effort to increase punishment for child abusers.

The medal adds to an already long list of achievements the Discovery School Pupil has earned.

Last year he received the Prime Minister's Points of Light Award, a Pride of Britain Award and even had a children's book written in his honour.

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