Delays on M20 Prevent Inspiring Nine-Year-Old from Attending King’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Delays on M20 Prevent Inspiring Nine-Year-Old from Attending King's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Tony Hudgell, the inspiring nine-year-old who captured the nation’s heart with his incredible fundraising efforts, will unfortunately not be able to attend the King’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace today due to unforeseen delays on the M20.

Tony and his mother Paula were among the many motorists stuck in a standstill on the motorway between Wrotham and Swanley after a lorry caught fire. Mrs. Hudgell expressed her disappointment, saying, “Tony is very, very sad, we both are. But I think there is no way we are going to make it in time.”

Guests are expected to arrive by 3pm for the 4pm start, and unfortunately, the traffic delays have made it impossible for Tony and his mother to make it on time. As a security precaution, guests are required to arrive before the start time.

This is a disappointing turn of events for Tony, who has shown remarkable resilience and determination in the face of adversity. As a baby, he suffered severe abuse at the hands of his birth parents, resulting in the amputation of both his legs. However, he has not let this stop him from achieving incredible feats, such as raising £2 million for charity in 2020 by completing a 10km walk on his prosthetic legs.

Sadly, the Hudgells are unable to turn around and go home due to the traffic situation. Mrs. Hudgell commented, “It’s just one of those things. The important thing is that no one was injured in whatever has caused this delay. Unfortunately, we’ve just been stuck here for about two hours. We can’t even turn around and go home.”

Emergency vehicles are at the scene of the lorry fire, and traffic in both directions on the M20 is currently being held. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident, and we hope for a swift resolution to the situation.

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