On 6th July 2020 (a whole year ago!), six-year-old Laurence (now aged seven) completed an unprecedented lockdown fundraising challenge. He undertook 75 consecutive days of running, raising a remarkable £3,041 for Footprints Conductive Education charity.
He said at the time: “I have completed 75 days of running. That’s 1,500 laps, 56,850 metres and over 35 miles! I feel epic!”
Inspired by Captain Tom, Laurence took up the challenge to support Footprints as his younger brother, Alistair, attends every week. So, we’re delighted to recognise the anniversary of this massive feat of endurance by one determined little boy, and it doesn’t end there! Laurence was nominated for a competition run by Liverpool FC and Nivea for a Local Hero; his name was picked out of thousands of entries, and he has been sent some extraordinary prizes, including:
- A signed football by Jürgen and the first-team squad.
- A signed shirt from Andy Robertson (current Scotland captain who plays for LFC)
- And they sent a video message from Jose Enrique, who used to play for Liverpool, with the promise of getting Laurence to Anfield as a guest!
See the video from Jose Enrique here https://vimeo.com/570900309
Alison and Mike, Laurence’s parents, said: “Laurence is a huge LFC fan and even wrote a letter to his hero, Jordan Henderson, during lockdown to tell him. He is a truly amazing little boy who inspires us all as a family and a community. As the captain of his under 7s football team, he dreams of going to Anfield one day and meeting players like Jordan. So as you can imagine, he is over the moon, and so are we that he was chosen.”
Everyone at Footprints is too!
Laurence lives in West Bridgford, Nottingham. His younger brother, Alistair, has Down’s syndrome and attends Footprints Conductive Education Centre for weekly sessions.
Laurence continued his running to coincide with the easing of the first lockdown, having run more than 35 miles around his garden and raising £3,041. https://bit.ly/JustGivingLaurencesLaps
Laurence announcing his challenge: https://vimeo.com/421665016
A summary, thanks to Alan March: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/424375621