Hero boy, 7, raises over £8k for the homeless in epic marathon challenge

A young boy has raised £8,415 for homeless people after becoming concerned about people on the street during the coronavirus outbreak.

Henry Cleary, from Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire, ran 26.2 miles in nine days and has certainly surpassed his original target of £262.

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore and powered by the hit Rocky song ‘Gonna Fly Now’, Henry ended up completing 5km (3.1 miles) on his first day alongside his dad Jamie.

But running certainly isn’t anything new to huge Star Wars fan Henry, as he began running at the age of three when his dad took him to a local Kids Run Free ‘Park Kids’ event.

Henry has been a regular ever since and his mum Emily is now a Race Director and has set up a new Park Kids in their village once social distancing measures are relaxed.

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“I was inspired by Captain Tom to take up a challenge that would be really, really tough,” Henry explained. “I researched charities on Google and found Crisis. They want to end homelessness and keep people off the streets after coronavirus and that’s exactly what I want to help them do.”

His mum Emily added: “We are so proud of our amazing little boy. Henry and his sister Beatrice have always been concerned about people sleeping rough and he wanted to help out at a soup kitchen at Christmas. They have both donated toys for homeless children in the past and always think of others.

“For him to be doing this to raise money for that charity is something we are so proud of and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed so far,” she added.

The money raised will go towards supporting the year-round services that Crisis provides to help people out of homelessness for good. This includes one-to-one support, education, training and help with housing, employment and health.

Henry is now heading up Crisis’ new Home for All campaign and challenging people to get running to end homelessness for good.

He’s super close to reaching an incredible £10,000, so to find out more about Henry’s journey and to donate please click here.