Nine-year-old walking 90 miles to London to raise money for refugees to pass through Wellingborough

Nine-year-old Joel Condron.
Nine-year-old Joel Condron.

A nine-year-old boy who is walking 90 miles to London to raise money for child refugees will be walking through Wellingborough today (Monday).

Joel Condron and his dad John, who live in Oakham, will be completing the mammoth task over eight days and passed through Corby and Kettering over the weekend.

They are set to arrive at the Kindertransport Statue in London, their final destination, at 4pm on Saturday, October 31.

All proceeds raised will go to charity Save the Children, which works with children in countries such as Syria and Afghanistan.

Joel said: “I have heard stories on TV about other children who have had to leave their home towns and go on dangerous journeys because there are bad people around who are fighting in wars.

“I plan to walk around 11 or 12 miles a day, and it should take about a week to get to London.

“I have never walked this far before, so I think it might be difficult and I might get blisters.

“I won’t have any money, food or water, a bit like the refugee children, and I’m hoping that people will be kind to me and my dad along the way and help us out.

“People have been very kind already and offered us accommodation in their homes and businesses for each of the seven nights we are on the road.”

Joel has already raised more than £1,500 online and has set a flexible £5,000 target.

Helena Wiltshire from Save the Children said: “The outpouring of support from the British public has been outstanding, and Joel’s Walking to London fundraiser is further proof just how much everybody wants to support the child refugee crisis.

“So far this year, more than 380,000 desperate people made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea – tragically 2,850 people have died or are missing - and nearly 9,000 children have arrived in Europe without any parents or family at all.

“This is unacceptable - no child should be left behind.

“Thank you to all those who have donated money to Joel’s walk and have shown such generosity and eagerness to support child refugees.

“It will help to keep the public’s attention focused – and in turn European leaders accountable – on one of the biggest refugee crises of our time.”

Joel is aiming to be in Little Harrowden at 10am, Great Harrowden at 10.30am, Wellingborough at 11.15am and Irchester at 12.15pm before he makes his way out of the county.

To donate to Joel’s cause, visit his fundraising page.