Kind Kai, 9, boosted by England player Kyle Walker after raising £1100 for his 100 miles charity challenge

By Jill Dando News

An inspirational boy received a boost from England player Kyle Walker after raising £1100 for a children’s mental health charity by completing a 100 mile challenge this month.

Mad-keen Manchester City fan Kai Leatherby, 9, of Burnham, received a signed shirt from his hero Kyle Walker to help raise money for his charity challenge.

Kai set him self the challenge of 100 km with a £100 fundraising target – but he eventually went 100 miles instead and smashed his goals, passing £550 in the first two days.

He had set himself the challenge of either walking, running or cycling 100km in February to raise funds for ‘Young Minds’.

He got himself in the top 10% of fundraisers for the charity in that month.

Kai on his 100 mile challenge

Mum Stacey Leatherby said: “I am so proud of him – he went far beyond what his goal was and was overjoyed to receive a signed shirt from one of his favourite players.

“Mental health is such a massive issue across Britain and I’m so pleased to see Kai take up the cause in such an inspirational way at such a young age.”

Click here for Kai’s fundraising page.