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National accolade for brave William

Posted onPosted on 11th Jul

An eight-year-old Huthwaite boy who raised £8,000 for charity after losing both legs to sepsis has been named as a finalist in a national award – and you can vote for him.

William Reckless is among 20 others who are finalists in the young fundraiser category at the GoCardless JustGiving Awards.

Earlier this year he completed a sponsored four-mile walk and cycle to mark four years since the shock sepsis diagnosis.

Despite being having both of his legs and nine of his fingers amputated, William, with the help of friends and family, completed the challenge — doubling his £4,000 target, with proceeds going to Nottingham University Hospitals Charity.

His proud mother, Gemma Reckless, said: “William’s challenge was by no means easy and halfway through it looked like we might not make it to the finish line, but we persevered and made it.

“Not only did we smash our target, raising thousands for charity, it also showed our little boy that he really can do anything he puts his mind to.

“It’s brilliant to see his efforts being recognised by JustGiving and we hope this nomination helps raise more funds and awareness for a great cause.”

In January 2020, William, then aged three, was struck down with sepsis. After being taken to King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton, he was put into an induced coma and transferred to Nottingham Children’s Hospital for specialist care.

On arrival William suffered a cardiac arrest and had to be resucitated, with his family being told to prepare for the worst. However, the youngster fought back, despite the life-changing amputations.

Through the support of friends, family, and physiotherapy, he started 2023 feeling stronger than ever and wanted to show his appreciation to the hospital that saved his life.

William will be joined by 20 other finalists at the GoCardless JustGiving Awards on 18th September.

The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges including professional Strictly dancer Amy Dowden, broadcaster Adele Roberts, television personality Jake Quickenden, paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds, television presenter Sunetra Sarker, and returning judge, radio presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams.

They were joined by JustGiving president, Pascale Harvie, and managing director of headline sponsor GoCardless, Pat Phelan.

Pascale said: “William is a superstar and we have all been blown away by what he has achieved, despite what he has been through.”

Pat added: “I was blown away by William’s dedication to give back to Nottingham Hospitals Charity, and I’m glad that we’re able to shine a light on his efforts.”

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