Jack’s the lad when it comes to walking for Sheffield farm

Pictured is eight years old Jack Crolla of Myrtle Road,Heeley,who has raised over �500 for Heeley City Farm in a sponsored walk
Pictured is eight years old Jack Crolla of Myrtle Road,Heeley,who has raised over �500 for Heeley City Farm in a sponsored walk
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THIS boy was made for walking, and that’s just what he’ll do...

Big-hearted little lad Jack Crolla, aged eight, has trekked more than 80 miles to raise cash for vets’ bills at Heeley City Farm in Sheffield.

The dedicated Anns Grove Primary School pupil, who has severe speech and language problems, has Hadrian’s Wall in his sights as the next challenge.

He raised £454 for the farm with a Yorkshire Dales walk with his dad Wayne Grocott over five days.

Mum Rachael Crolla, 37, of Myrtle Road, Heeley, said: “He’s been hiking since the age of five when he walked Snowdon. Because of his needs, at school he can find it difficult communicating with other kids in the class.

“Walking and camping was a way to build his confidence and get him learning outside the classroom.

“I am really proud of him - I couldn’t walk that distance!. Jack just pulls his boots on and off he goes.”

Generous Jack has a menagerie of his own at home - five cats, two dogs, two rabbits, two geckos and a bearded dragon to look after.

But he wanted to help animals at Heeley City Farm, which has a special needs unit he often visits. This month he is tackling Hadrian’s Wall.

Jack, whose adventures are documented on a Facebook page, said: “I like walking with daddy and I like supporting the farm because I love animals.”

Sarah Hardy, from the farm, said: “Jack’s achievement and support is amazing and we feel really privileged he thought of us. He has found something he is good at and is using it to help others, and that’s a perfect illustration of what the farm is all about. We all say a huge thank you to Jack and his dad!”

n Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Jacks-Adventures to follow his progress.