A 10-years-old boy walked 1,700 miles with his father from Italy to England to see and hug his grandma for the first time after quarantine.
The 10-year-old Romeo Cox from Sicily, Italy was determined to see and hug his 77-year-old grandmother Rosemary after not seeing her for months since the pandemic broke out. Romeo’s grandmother lived 1,700 miles away from them in England.
“I hadn’t seen Granny for a year and a half, so [during lockdown] I planned in secret to go see her,” he said in an interview.
There were no flights to take him to his granny but he was so determined that he set out a plan. His parents took some time to be convinced by their son’s plan.
I asked my parents and they said no more than 50 times,” he said. “Eventually they agreed—provided we planned everything was Covid-safe.”
The journey from Italy to England
On June 20, Romeo and his 46-year-old dad Phil started their journey from Italy to England. They trekked across, Switzerland and France, spending many nights under the stars. The duo also faced a lot of difficulties during their journey, however, they just kept on going.
Aside from seeing his grandmother, Romeo also took this journey to raise money to help refugee children. He was inspired to do so after meeting his friend, Randolph, who was forced to march from Ghana to Italy with his family. So far, Romeo has raised $14,000 in donations of his $15,000 goal.
“He walked even further than I have on this trip, but without food and water and in fear. He was risking his life,” Romeo told Metro News. “Helped me when I came to Sicily, and so I wanted to help him and other vulnerable children in return.”
After walking for three months, the father and son were able to reach London on September 21. They spent two weeks in isolation before being able to finish their journey to granny’s home. Upon seeing his grandma’s home from afar, Romeo ran to her ending their journey with an embrace that he has longed for.
Reference: Good News Network