‘Grandad Pete would be proud’ – Boy’s running total in memory of his guardian

Ellis Hadaway with adoptive family Lindsay and Alexandra Westcott
Ellis Hadaway with adoptive family Lindsay and Alexandra Westcott

A 10-year-old boy has succeeded in raising hundreds of pounds for a charity which supported his late adoptive guardian.

Ellis Hadaway, who attends Hemel Hempstead’s Broadfield School, set about creating his own online donations page in memory of guardian Peter Westcott, whom he referred to affectionately as ‘Grandad Pete’.

Ellis was inspired to do so after Pete died of motor neurone disease in March of this year at Berkhamsted’s Hospice of St Francis. The 71 year old had donated his brain for research.

He and his widow Lindsay, 57, raised Ellis from the age of four when his mother was unable to look after him, and became his official special guardians.

Lindsay, who also has three grown-up children, said: “I didn’t know anything about Ellis' fundraising page, it was his idea entirely.

“He was very fond of his Grandad Pete and was very close to him. His death had a big impact on Ellis and he wants to give something back.”

The Year 5 pupil will take on the St Albans 1.5 mile children’s fun run with his adoptive aunt Alexandra, 27, this weekend.

He has already raised more than £800 in sponsorship for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, with around £200 flooding in during the first 24 hours.

Ellis, of Abel Close, Adeyfield, said: “I think Grandad Pete would be proud of me.

“I am looking forward to the race, but I think it will be a challenge. I am really happy about the money I have raised for the charity.”

Click here to support Ellis’ efforts.