Remembering Nanna: 9 Year Old Grandson Walks a Mile a Day

9-year-old Harry from Leeds has completed an epic challenge for charity by walking a mile a day in February in memory of his great-grandmother, Freda.

Harry has raised more than £1030 for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, who provided care for Freda, or ‘Nanna’ as Harry fondly called her, in her final days.

Harry’s mum Natalie, 37, said:  “Growing up, we were always at Nanna’s. After my Dad died when I was 21, we spent even more time with my Nanna and Grandad. She and my Grandad were married for 62 years!

Nanna was caring, funny and witty. Easy going. We had a very close relationship. Harry loved Nanna, too. He used to love going down to see her. They used to bake together when she was well. Buns, things like that. She liked to make a good Cornish pasty!

Nanna had been ill with COPD for a long time – around 16 years – but she became very poorly in September and was taken into hospital. Nanna wanted to be cared for at home in her final days; that was one of her wishes.

Jenny, one of the nurses from Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, came out from September to help care for her at home. Jenny gave us all such comfort – especially my Grandad. She sat and held his hand and talked him through everything. She was amazing with all of us.”

Struggling to witness his nanna’s worsening health, Harry came up with the idea of a walk in her honour.

Natalie: “This walk was all Harry’s idea! With Nanna being poorly, he said: ‘I’m going to walk a mile every day Mummy, just to make Nanna proud.’ And that was it, she loved that.

When Nanna died earlier this year, he was still determined to carry on. He said: ‘I’m doing it and I’m going to raise £1,000!’ We set £500 as our target and raised that before the day of the funeral.

We do feel very proud of Harry. He’s amazing. He really is.”

Choosing a different route in the Horsforth area each night, Natalie and Harry completed the walk together. Natalie continued:

“This walk, at night-time, it was just me and him that went normally. It’s done him the world of good because he took losing Nanna very hard. It’s lovely, he’s really opened up to me. It’s been very therapeutic for me, too. Just having a bit of time in the day to get away from everything, to reflect on memories.”

Natalie and Harry were joined by their family for the final mile of the fundraising walk, with Harry riding his nanna’s electric scooter all the way home.

When asked what Harry’s fundraising walk meant to her, Natalie replied:

“It means a lot to know that the money raised will help Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. The care and the love the staff have for people, it’s just amazing. They went above and beyond for us every single day.”

Clare Humphreys, Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice: We are so grateful to Harry and Natalie for their incredible fundraising walk; what a fantastic achievement!

The funds raised mean we can continue to be there during the hardest times for people who need us the most.”

You can find out more about Harry and Natalie’s walk and fundraiser via their JustGiving page here.

For more information on Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, visit

To find out more about fundraising for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, contact [email protected]

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