MALMESBURY school boy Freddie Hamilton has raised more than £2,600 by doing something he hates.

Because Freddie’s nan Linda is an intensive care nurse, it made him decide to do something he finds difficult to raise funds for the NHS.

“I really hate running,” said Freddie, eight, a pupil at Malmesbury Primary School. “My granny has a really hard job, so I wanted to do something hard to help.

“I enjoyed it and I think it kept me fit - but I really don’t like running!”

So, with the help of his mum, Laura, he decided to try to raise £50 by running a mile a day.

“He finished his challenge to run a mile each day for seven days running,” she said. He took a different route around Malmesbury each time but managed to complete the mile each time.

“His nanny Linda works as an intensive care nurse at Basildon Hospital in Essex. She was so emotional when she heard Freddie had done this and raised all this money, she burst into tears. He said he wanted to do something to make her smile.”

His other nan Sharon Hamilton said she could not be prouder of her grandson.

“We watched videos of him doing his run,” she said. “And he clearly finds it hard, but he just kept going. This is the hardest thing he could have done.”

Freddie’s original target of £50 was surpassed quickly as friends and family got behind him. One of his nan’s friends offered to make masks for just £2 if the donation went to Freddie’s cause.

“The local pub - The Somerford Arms - gave him a cake to say well done,” said Sharon. “And we also entered him and his efforts into a competition with Wentworth Puzzles about people doing good things. He didn’t win - but they sent him a puzzle anyway to say they were so impressed with what he had done.”

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