A BOY of 14 has completed a 25-mile sponsored walk for the air ambulance heroes who saved him from drowning.
George Bellars, of Meadowgate Lane, Spalding, sometimes complains it’s too far to go when his mum asks him to nip to the corner shop.
Now he’s managed the longest walk of his life – part of it in driving rain – as he trudged for eight-and-a-half hours from Rutland Water to his home.
It’s likely George will raise £1,000 for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance – double his target.
George was eight years old when he was trapped underwater inside his mum’s car after it plunged into a river beside North Drove, Spalding.
He was plucked to safety by an air ambulance crew and says he was only 15 seconds away from drowning.
George said: “They got me from Spalding to Boston hospital in about three or four minutes and if I had gone by road ambulance I would have died in it.”
George had already raised £1,500 for the charity from a series of events, including a coffee morning, but the walk was the big one.
Friends and family took turns to walk beside the Bourne Academy pupil and, five miles out of Spalding, his brother Harry (16) and pals turned up to boost his spirits and cheer him home.
George said: “I am really proud.
“I nearly gave up at one point but I kept going because of all the people who were supporting me and all the money I have raised.”
George’s mum Jo (43) said: “It was very, very hard. He was the only one out of all of us that did the whole thing.
“He did struggle towards the end but he completed it really well and I am so proud of him.
“Usually when I ask ‘George, will you go to the shop?’ he normally says ‘Oh God. Do I have to? It’s a long way’.
“He is quite lazy at times but he was going to the gym four times a week and building himself up to do it.”
Supporters on the day included George’s dad, Nigel.