- All Romeo wanted was to see and hug her grandma, but it has been difficult to travel.
- His family lives in Sicily and she is in the UK, 1,700 miles apart.
- Still, that didn’t stop him from walking the thousand miles distance just to see and hug her again.
It has been difficult for people to visit their beloved family members during a pandemic because of travel restrictions. Such was the ordeal of a 10-year-old boy from Sicily who wanted nothing else but to hug his 77-year-old Grandmother in the U.K.
Since there were no flights, Romeo Cox decided to walk the distance of 1,700 miles just to see his grandma and fulfill his longing for her warm embrace.
“I hadn’t seen Granny for a year and a half, so [during lockdown] I planned in secret to go see her,” he told The Times of London.
His parents tried to talk him out of it but he was determined to make the trip. He never stopped asking for their permission even though he got rejected “more than 50 times.”
He was very persistent and “Eventually they agreed—provided we planned everything was Covid-safe.”
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????????Ciao Bella Italia! Mi manchi già! Camminare in Svizzera con un cappello rosso come è così freddo!! ????????????????Siamo esausti ma pronti per il prossimo capitolo di questo viaggio! Grazie a tutti per avermi sostenuto per arrivare fino a questo punto!❤️???????? meno di 1000 km da percorrere! ????Ciao Italy! I miss you already! Walking into Switzerland with a red hat as cold!! We exhausted but ready for the next chapter! Under 1000km to go????????thank you to everyone who supported me to get this far. ❤️ #viafrancigena #romeosbigjourney
So he went on to plan his journey!
“I drew a map. I would walk and take boats and do it naturally to help the planet,” he said. “And I’d take Dad. It would be handy to have an adult.”
Indeed he was! Phil Cox, 46, Romeo’s father, is a filmmaker and a veteran journalist whose experience in war zones covering news stories gave him vast knowledge in the outdoors.
So the father and son embarked on the journey on June 20 and started trekking past through Italy, Switzerland, and France.
They slept under the night sky, got lost a few times, endured sore feet, ward off wild dogs, made friends with a donkey, and volunteered at a refugee shelter in Northern Calais. Still, they kept going.
But there is actually another reason why he was so determined to take on this challenge — it was to raise money for his friend Rundolph, a refugee kid, who he became friends with when his family moved to Sicily.
He has raised £14,000 from donations and is setting his eyes on his target £15,000, which he intends to give to Refugee Education Across Conflicts Trust.
Finally on September 1, Romeo and Phil arrived in London and spent two weeks quarantined in Trafalgar Square before they could be allowed to visit Grandma Rosemary.
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The moment he laid his eyes on his Grandma’s home, he sprinted into a joyful run and embraced her tight. It was hard for Rosemary to believe what he had done and how far he had gone. But she’s happy he’s there.
“Children can inspire us and lift us all up. On behalf of all the grannies in all the world, I want to thank Romeo—as well and hug him and kiss him lots.”
Source: Good News Network