Seven-year-old Leicester boy walks 100 miles for Rainbows

A seven-year-old rugby mad boy is taking on the mammoth challenge of walking 100 miles during April to raise money for Rainbows.

Ethan Parsons, of Wigston, has decided he “wanted to do something to raise money to help poorly children” and came up with the idea of walking 100 miles over 31 days.
And the rugby mad youngster, who plays for Leicester Lions and supports Leicester Tigers, decided to carry a rugby ball for the whole challenge.

Ethan will take on the walks with mum, Allison, and dad, Lea. The family dog, Buster, will also be joining them and sister, Zoe (11), will be cheering him on.

Allison said: “This was all his idea and we feel really proud of him. He is walking a long way and he is very determined. He loves walking anyway and always like to be out of the house. 

“My friend’s daughter benefited from the care of Rainbows when she was younger and we know what an amazing place it is. We are so grateful to all of the support and sponsorship Ethan has received so far, it has been incredible.”

Ethan added: “I am looking forward to doing it and raising lots of money for children.”

Jenny Perry, Rainbows Community Fundraiser, thanked Ethan – who hopes to play rugby for England one day – for all of his efforts. “Ethan is doing something really incredible, which demonstrates such determination,” said Jenny. “Everyone at Rainbows would like to thank him so much and wish him all the best for the month ahead. We can’t wait to hear how he has got on.”

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