Six-year-old Luca leads way on 100-mile run for NHS

Luca Summers
Luca Summers after his run

A SPORTY six-year-old from Highcliffe really went the distance when he ran just over 100 miles to raise thousands of pounds in aid of local NHS workers tackling the coronavirus pandemic.


Luca Summers’ (pictured) drive to support the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals’ NHS Heroes appeal inspired him to undertake a sponsored challenge which saw him complete 27 runs covering a total of 101 miles.

Local police officers and firefighters were on hand to lend moral support on Sunday morning as Luca crossed the finish line for the final time. So far his exploits have raised more than £7,000 towards the appeal.

Luca reaching the finish line

Mum Laura Summers said: “We are so proud of everything Luca has achieved, the tenacity he has shown at such a young age has been incredibly inspiring.”

Becca Kellaway from Bournemouth Hospital Charity described his challenge as “hugely amazing” and said: “Not many six-year-olds would be able to cover 101 miles in 27 runs!”

Donations to the cause have already paid for health and wellbeing books, toiletries and refreshments for NHS workers. Whiteboards have also been bought to help them communicate while wearing personal protective equipment.

Donations to support local NHS Heroes can be made online at​ or text 70085 with ‘OURHEROES 5’ to donate £5, ‘OURHEROES 10’ to donate £10; or ‘OURHEROES 20’ to give £20​.

Texts cost the amount donated plus one standard message rate.