Comedian and presenter Jason Manford is among the many well-wishers helping seven-month-old George McLeod and his family to smash a 1,000-mile charity challenge.

Baby George McLeod and his mum and dad Mark and Natalie are on a mission to cover the 1,084-mile distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats, raising money for Hope House children’s hospice which supports George and his family.

The family were delighted to see support for their campaign on Jason Manford's Facebook page.

A shout out on social media and an anonymous donation from television funnyman Manford have led to a flurry of late-night donations from anonymous ‘charity ninjas’ who have helped take the target over the original £1-a-mile target. The total raised has now reached nearly £2,000.

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Mum and Dad Natalie and Mark said they were delighted with the support from Jason and his fans.

“We were so happy to hear from Jason Manford. He was so thoughtful, even waiting for a lull in the football to get maximum social coverage. Since sharing it, interest in our campaign has snowballed. We were overwhelmed by how many people that we’ve never met offered us a few pounds. These aren’t rich people and other celebrities, it’s ordinary people just giving what they can, which means such a lot to us,” says Mark.

“We have tickets to see Jason when he visits Theatre Severn on his tour in October, and are hoping he can meet George, too.

“Our original target was £1 per mile, but we’re now upping that to £3 a mile,” says Mark.

The McLeods enjoy supporting many different sports, including backing England in the Euros.

Team McLeod have been walking seven to eight miles a day, taking in sights and experiences of Shrewsbury, Shropshire and further afield. They hope to actually visit Land’s End over the summer holidays. They are making memories along the way, meeting other Hope House fundraisers and documenting their travels.

As well as raising money and awareness, George’s parents are creating precious memories enjoying trips to local attraction, visits to police and fire stations, supporting other fundraisers and getting involved with sporting events.

George will also be guest of honour at Hope House fundraisers including the Cycle Challenge on 11th August.

“Hope House has been an absolute lifeline for us so we want to raise as many money for them as possible to help other families to access the support, respite care and services that are so important to us,” says Mark. “The hospice is part of who we are now.”

Little George is set to finish the challenge on his first birthday on 4th November, where he’ll cross the finish line at Hope House, in Morda.

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