Joshua Hoyle, a 13-year-old schoolboy from West Yorkshire has raised more than £28,000 for disadvantaged children in the North after an idea he dreamed up during lockdown captured the public imagination.
Joshua, who was completing his schoolwork at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, is passionate about education and wanted to do something for children not as lucky as himself.
He decided that for 32 days he would walk the five miles to school each morning, laden down with school books – adding one more to his bag each day, raising sponsorship for SHINE along the way.
By the end of the challenge, on the last day of term, Joshua had raised more than £9,300. Supporters of SHINE who had been inspired by Joshua’s kind-hearted actions, pledged to triple the amount he raised, meaning the final total will top £28,000.