April 6, 2022 10.40 am This story is over 18 months old

Brothers complete Viking Way costume charity walk for Ukraine

“Propelled by a stick and the promise of Haribo, they pushed through”

Three young Lincolnshire brothers have completed a ten mile charity walk along the Viking Way, raising over £1,000 for Ukrainian refugees while dressed in Anglo-Saxon costumes.

Arthur, 11, Harry and Leo Stevens, both nine, from Scothern are keen history lovers and wanted to turn their passion into an avenue for good causes, so they organised a charity challenge to raise money for victims of the conflict in Ukraine.

They decided to walk ten miles along part of the Viking Way – a scenic Lincolnshire landscape route named after an are occupied by Norse invaders – and they did so while dressed in period Anglo-Saxon costumes on Tuesday, April 5.

Brothers Leo, Arthur and Harry Stevens raised money for Ukrainian refugees. | Photo: Katy Stevens

They set off at around 10am on Tuesday morning and walked ten miles before arriving at Lincoln Cathedral that same afternoon; taking part in the walk with their mum Katy.

Katy explained how proud she was of her boys, saying: “It was tough going. Along the river Witham the wind was against us. Propelled by a stick and the promise of Haribo’s they pushed through.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us, your kindness and generosity has been overwhelming. It taught us to look beyond the darkness of war and terror into light and humanity.”

The brothers at the start of the walk with their mum Katy. | Photo: Katy Stevens

It managed to make it into the top 10% of JustGiving fundraisers in the month of March, having raised £1,340 for their challenge. You can still support the effort by visiting the fundraiser here.

The brothers also received a message of thanks and support from the charity they were fundraising for: Save the Children.

It reads: “Save the Children are extremely grateful for the support shown by the Stevens family, Arthur, Harry and Leo and their friends and family for sponsoring them, and raising much needed funds for children and their families affected by conflict including in Ukraine.

“In Ukraine we are planning to deliver lifesaving aid to 3.5 million vulnerable children and their families but we can only achieve this with the generous support of individuals like Arthur, Harry and Leo. “