Robertsbridge teenager raising money for Cancer Research in memory of his grandad

A 13-year-old boy from Robertsbridge will be covering 400 miles through the month of February in order to raise money in memory of his grandad.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 1:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th February 2021, 2:07 pm

Zack Johnson's grandad Joe died two weeks ago, at the age of 76, after a battle with cancer.

Following his death, Zack said he wanted to set himself a 'massive challenge' in order to raise money for Cancer Research – a charity very close to his and his family's hearts.

Zack's challenge will see him walking and running an average of 14.2 miles a day. Each week this month will see him cover 100 miles.

Zack Johnson with his grandad Joe

He said: "For those of you who know me I am the least sporty person in the universe, so this will be a challenge which I am determined to complete."

Ten days into February and Zack has already clocked up 156.78 miles and raised £825 through Facebook and his JustGiving page.

Zack said he remembers his grandad – who lived in Essex – for his humour and as someone who was 'proud of his family'.

Zack's mum Jess said: "I couldn’t be more proud of Zack for taking on this challenge.

Zack Johnson is covering 400 miles in memory of his grandad

"He has turned a painful situation and done something positive. His chosen charity Cancer Research UK means the world to us.

"My dad would have been so proud of him."

Zack thanked the people of his home village Robertsbridge for the support they have given him, as well as his PE teacher at Robertsbridge Community College – Miss Hutchison – for her support.

He added: "My mum is really proud and has said it’s lovely that I am doing something positive at such a painful time.

"My village in Robertsbridge have been lovely and always wish me well when I do my walks and have been so kind in sponsoring me

If you would like to support Zack Johnson in his February challenge, please click here.