Chieveley boy victorious in Wembley Stadium walking feat
A Chieveley boy has completed an 80-mile walking tour to the Wembley Stadium in support of Parkinson's UK.
Johnny Pride, 11, set out from Brockhurst and Marlston House School, which he attends, on June 19, arriving at his destination last Tuesday after a four-day odyssey.
The epic ramble was designed to coincide with the Euros, and Johnny and his family – including father Peter Pride – took in a number of sights along the way, including Reading's Madjeski Stadium.
There, Reading FC presented Johnny with a signed T-shirt, which he intends to keep as a souvenir from the excursion.
Johnny's friend and fellow Reading FC fan Isaac Puddle joined him on the walk to the stadium, which featured a impromptu football match.
Well-wishers turned out on the road to encourage the walkers, with some even joining them briefly.
From Reading, Johnny passed through Pinewood Studios, Marlow, Uxbridge and Northala Fields.
The walk was originally only supposed to take in 66 miles, and Johnny's father jokingly attributed the extension to his map-reading skills.
Johnny was interviewed by various BBC stations throughout the trek, including Radio 1.
During stop-overs, the Pride family were collecting donations from passers-by, and they raised hundreds of pounds from this alone.
The 'Walking2Wembley' JustGiving page, set up to support Johnny's initiative, has now raised around £10,000, a staggering achievement.
The effort is highly personal for Johnny, as his grandfather has Parkinson's disease.
All proceeds from the walk are being donated to Parkinson's UK, which funds research into the debilitating condition and assists sufferers.
Upon arriving in Wembley on June 22, Johnny had hoped to net tickets for the England versus Czech Republic game.
His father said: "Sadly, we were unable to secure tickets for the match, but his spirits were lifted when we bumped into his non-footballing YouTube heroes – Chunkz, AJ, Nico Omilana and Harry Pinero – who so kindly all signed his JustGiving T-shirt.
"The coordinator for the London designer outlet at Wembley had heard of Johnny's walk, and hosted us for meals at Wagamama and Frankie & Benny's, which was so very kind of them.
"It's been a truly incredible journey for him, and I am immensely proud of him."
Johnny's JustGiving page can be viewed at bit.ly/3qpfgbK