An inspiring barmitzvah boy is marking his big day by raising money to fund research into fighting Motor Neurone Disease.

Max Norman decided to take on the challenge after his father died from the condition two years ago.

Looking ahead to the event on 2 July, which will see him tackle a 14km walk from his Mill Hill home to Imperial College in central London, Max said: “I’m feeling very excited about the thought of walking so far, as I’ve never walked so far before.

“I know that in the end, knowing how much money I’ve raised for a cause that means so much to me will have made it all worthwhile. A big thank you to everyone who’s sponsored so far. I’m very, very grateful.”

Max’s mum, Samantha, said: “I’m incredibly proud of Max for taking on this challenge. Even more so that he thought of marking his forthcoming barmitzvah with a fundraising effort so significant to him and to us all.”

Max has reached his target, but you can still sponsor him by clicking here: