Six-year-old, Oscar smashed his challenge to walk 100km in 100 days, and covered a total of 179km, raising over £1500 for the children and young adults at Seashell.

Oscar set himself this challenge after a walk in Lyme Park with his Mum, Jenny Ritchie, Seashell’s Children’s Short Breaks Registered Manager. During the walk, the pair happened to bump into Seashell resident, James, who was also enjoying exploring the park with his support staff.

Jenny said: “Oscar became very curious about James, asking questions about how old he was and how he could communicate. We decided on the way home that we would like to spend more time with James, and we explored ways of how we could do this.

During the challenge Oscar was able to walk with James, exploring more of Lyme Park, as well as Blackpool and Delamere Park – to name a few! Oscar also met other Seashell residents Ali, Daniel, Cayman, Erin, Jake and Scarlett. All the while learning more about children and young adults with complex needs and communication challenges.

I am incredibly proud of Oscar! He is a little Bear Grylls and has a love for nature. He has a kind and curious mind. I want him to grow up demonstrating empathy and have an awareness of inclusion.”

Oscar said: “I have loved making friends with James. James does fun things with me! I will show and tell people the different ways that the young people at Seashell talk. My legs are tired now, but I want to think about challenge next year!”

To commemorate this incredible achievement, Oscar was invited to Seashell to receive a special, ‘Seashell Superhero’ goodie bag and certificate. #TeamSeashell would like to thank Oscar for taking on this challenge and for being an amazing advocate for our students.

The money Oscar raised will help our mission to ensure children and young adults with complex needs are able to access inclusive opportunities and prepare for a happy and fulfilled adult life.