A seven-year-old boy and his dog have walked an incredible 16 miles to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice.

George Margeson, his dad Rick, Grandpa Andy and labrador Ted completed the sponsored walk in seven hours and have so far raised over £650, smashing their fundraising target of £300.

George, who is a pupil at Winnington Park Primary School in Northwich, decided he wanted to fundraise after staff from St Luke’s visited his school. They gave a talk to years 3 and 4 about the hospice, the vital services it offers the community and the need to raise money to ensure those services can continue.

George said: “I am so happy I got more than my £300 target and can help poorly people at St Luke’s Hospice. The walk was very long, I was very tired but am really proud of myself.”

George’s dad, Rick, added: “Both my wife, Megan, and I have never been prouder of George. He decided he wanted to raise money for such a worthy charity on his own, decided how far he would walk and helped set up his fundraising charity web page. Most of all we are proud that he completed the walk with a big smile on his face.

“Having raised over £600 he has more than doubled his target. To complete such a selfless task at such a young age and be so aware of how he can help others and the contribution he can make is truly amazing.”

Jane Dale, headteacher at Winnington Park Primary School, added: “We are extremely proud of George and his achievement. As part of our charity awareness and fund raising projects we supported a number of cancer charities last term.

“St Luke’s staff visited school and children planned fund raising events, but George was inspired to make an individual difference. This reflects his kind and thoughtful character and compassion for others. We encourage our pupils to be good citizens and George is a super role model.”

The trio and their canine companion set off on their 16 mile sponsored walk at 8am on Sunday 7th January around Northwich Flashes, Anderton Nature Reserve and Marbury Country Park. They received support along the way from other walkers and in response to the updates they posted on Facebook.

Mandy Shaw, a fundraiser at St Luke’s, added: “George is an absolute inspiration. What he has achieved for someone so young is just amazing. He had a simple idea to raise money for the hospice and he got his whole family involved. He has raised a staggering amount of money for St Luke’s and we are so very grateful for his support. I’m sure his family and school are incredibly proud of him.”

Anyone wishing to support George’s efforts can donate via his fundraising page https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/georgeslongdogwalk