Bridlington children in charity walk for friend

Charity Walk.
Charity Walk.

The Hot Lions and Bridlington Beavers completed a charity walk for a Bay Primary School pupil who has Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF) syndrome.

Hugo Smith has got TOF syndrome and a member of the Hot Tigers decided to raise money for the charity TOFS to help and support people such as Hugo in the same situation.

The six-year-old is a member of Bridlington Beavers so they were keen to be involved as well.

The walk was arranged in line with Humberside Police challenging thousands of young people aged between 10 and 16 to team up with five friends and decide upon a project to raise money in the local community as part of the Lifestyle project.

TOFS is a registered, UK-based charity dedicated to providing emotional support to families of children born with Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF), Oesophageal Atresia (OA) and associated conditions. Both are rare congenital conditions that affect one in every 3,500 babies.

The walk took place from Sewerby Gardens to the Bridlington Spa and back and raised more than £300.

Hugo’s mother, Kim Smith, said: “It is brilliant that the Hot Lions wanted to raise money for TOFS. Not many people know about the charity as it is ran on donations so it is a great opportunity to raise awareness and support other families.”

The Tigers are made up of Priya and Kavita Aujla, aged 11, Chloe Stuart and Claire Westmoreland, aged 13. The group met the East Riding Lions yesterday as they are raising awareness of bullying and the effects it has on young people. The Tigers have made a video on bullying that has been distributed to Bridlington secondary schools to raise the awareness.

The Lions have been a long supporter of the Humberside Police Lifestyle project.

Lion Eileen Smith said: “We are delighted to support this project again as it inspires so many young people to undertake good deeds within their local communities by improving the quality of life for others.

“Lifestyle has given teams such as The Lions a voice to tackle issues and makes them believe they can make a difference.”

The bullying video is available online at To find out more information about TOFS charity, visit