A nine-year-old boy who is fundraising for Bluebell Wood Children’s hospice, where his little cousin receives care, has reached his target of £1000.

Shay O’Grady, from Ecclesfield, is planning to swim the distance between Sheffield’s two major football stadiums before walking from Hillsborough to Barnsley FC’s stadium along with his friend Luke and tandem cycling the 13.5 miles back on 8 February.

Jason O’Grady, Shay’s father, said: “It’s the second time he’s done it now, and he didn’t expect it to take off like it has again, but it really has done well.

“He has no plans to stop and if anybody has any ideas or anything to donate for the raffles, he would be very grateful for it.”

Along with his family, Shay has been fundraising over the past few months by collecting donations as well as organising raffles giving away Sheffield Wednesday signed footballs among other prizes.

Future plans to raise money include a charity football match in which Shay and his friends will take on an U11s football team.

Jason said: “He’s on his ninth week of swimming 12 lengths a week now, out of 20. Then when he’s finished that it’ll be a week until his walk on the 8th February.”

Earlier this year, Shay raised £10,000 for the hospice which cares for his cousin, Evie-Mae, who suffers from chromosome 2q deletion.

See the Northern Voice’s previous article about Shay here.