A BRAVE lad from St Eval walked eight miles for charity on Sunday – 15 months after a rare hip condition left him struggling to move in waist-high plaster casts.
Adon Coe, 7, and dad Nathan walked between Bedruthan Steps and the Trevose Head lighthouse, raising £300 for Sport Relief.
The Trevisker School pupil came up with the idea after learning about poverty in class, and decided to walk the same distance as some African villagers have to trek to fetch water each day.
Nathan, 28, told the Cornish Guardian it was a tremendous achievement, especially as his son had been battling a hip disorder called Perthes' disease since 2012.
He said: “For him to do this challenge is like closure on that part of his life and what he’s been through. He’s proved he can do it. It was tough but he wasn’t too tired at the end. He did brilliantly.”
Perthes’ disease typically affects children and sees the top of the thigh bone soften and break down, causing a limp and mobility issues.
It is usually confined to just one hip socket, but in Adon’s case both were affected meaning he had to undergo an operation in November 2012.
Nathan said: “He started walking with a limp; that’s how we first noticed. At first the doctor thought it was just growing pains but then an x-ray showed what it was. It was quite a shock.”
Forced to wear casts from his knees to his waist for eight weeks, the active lad found himself unable to play football or on the trampoline.
He also missed out on numerous school activities as his hips slowly mended, until doctors finally gave him the thumbs up last Christmas.
Nathan said he and wife Zoe, 28, had been amazed when Adon came home from school one day and said he’d like to raise money for Sport Relief.
“He decided to do it completely by himself,” he said. “We’re very proud of him; it’s a lovely thing for him to want to do.
“He only set out to raise £150 so we’re all delighted. It’s definitely given him even more of an appetite for the outdoors.”