BALLYMENA boy Lewis Johnston has raised £1,465 for Guide Dogs NI after he walked all the way from Ballymena to Carnlough on Sunday, September 2.
His father Shane set out on the journey with him along with his aunt, uncle and grandad!
The family set off from Dunclug Primary School at 8.30am and reached their destination at The Bridge Inn just after 1.30pm.
Mum, Laura, told the Guardian she was so proud of big hearted Lewis, who was inspired to undertake the charity challenge after spotting a woman walking with her guide dog.
Lewis was intrigued at how the guide dog was carefully leading the lady safely through all the obstacles a town centre presents for those who are visually impaired.
He then decided he wanted to fundraise to help “give people a better life.”
Laura said: “We are delighted and a lot of our family came out to join him on the way and support him.
“He is proud as punch and really chuffed to have raised this money.
“He was just full of energy and was up bright and early for school the next day!
“We had a few guide dog owners meet us at Carnlough and they were pleased that we were doing something to help the charity.
“Lewis would definitely do something like this again, and I’m sure he’ll come up with a different idea the next time!
“He loves dogs and I think he would eventually like to work as a guide dog trainer.
“Meeting guide dog owners and their dogs, as well as the trainers has really inspired him.
“Our family is just so, so proud of Lewis and we are delighted that we could contribute to this important charity.”
Principal at Dunclug Primary School, Mr A Beacom, was full of praise for the 10 year old pupil.
He said: “We are a family orientated school at Dunclug Primary and we are delighted to be able to support Lewis.
“We are extremely proud of him and his achievements.
“I actually went out to see Lewis on the day of the walk and we will also be holding an assembly to mark his efforts.
“It says alot about Lewis that he used his initiative to come up with this idea and hopefully it will serve as an example to inspire other pupils.”