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The heartwarming moment, boy, 11, is finally cuddling his grandmother after running 1,700 miles


An 11-year-old boy was finally reunited with his grandmother after running 1,700 miles to see her from Sicily.

Romeo Cox finally hugged his grandmother Rosemary, 77, on Sunday after starting a three-month trip from Palermo to London on June 20.

The young man, to whom his father Phil [46] belonged on his trip, wandered through Italy, Switzerland and France fighting wild dogs in order to reunite with his grandmother, whom he had not seen in more than a year .

Romeo Cox, 11, eventually hugs his grandmother Rosemary, 77, after being away from her for more than a year

The student runs off when he sees his grandmother standing in front of the front door

The student runs off when he sees his grandmother standing in front of the front door

The couple finally got to hang out after Romeo ran 1,700 miles to see his grandmother from Sicily

The couple finally got to hang out after Romeo ran 1,700 miles to see his grandmother from Sicily

The footage shows the student crossing a residential street before breaking into a run and hugging his grandmother.

Once inside, Rosemary says to her grandson: “I'm really proud of you. It's amazing what you really did. Well done! I'm going to give you some extra pressure, well done. & # 39;

After thanking his grandmother for waiting for him, Rosemary says to her grandson, “Ah, the waiting was tough. It was hard. & # 39;

Describing the moment when he finally got to see his grandmother Romeo, he said, “As I got closer to Grandma's house, I just started running, leaving my father behind. We had the best hug ever – the best really.

& # 39; Grandma then made eggs and toast and we talked and talked. I really missed her, I couldn't sleep much the night before.

"Our journey was so far and so many people helped my father and me."

Rosemary described how she was overwhelmed by her daring grandson's journey and gave him "the greatest hug ever".

She said, “I didn't believe my grandson's incredible journey at first. But seeing Romeo after all this time, after following his journey, just feels so special. I gave him the biggest hug ever.

“Children can inspire us and lift us all up. On behalf of all grandmas around the world, I want to thank Romeo – and hug him and kiss him a lot. & # 39;

Romeo, his father is English and mother Giovanna is Italian and moved from Hackney in east London to Palermo in Sicily last year.

Romeo, whose father is English and mother Giovanna is Italian, said his grandmother made eggs and toast for him

Romeo, whose father is English and mother Giovanna is Italian, said his grandmother made eggs and toast for him

The young man who moved from Hackney in east London to Palermo, Sicily last year, was unable to see his grandmother because of the coronavirus lockdown

The young man who moved from Hackney in east London to Palermo, Sicily last year, was unable to see his grandmother because of the coronavirus lockdown

During his three-month hike, Romeo came across a wild donkey he named Pedro

During his three-month hike, Romeo came across a wild donkey he named Pedro

Romeo was accompanied on his trip by his father Phil [46], who is a filmmaker and journalist

Romeo was accompanied on his trip by his father Phil [46], who is a filmmaker and journalist

The couple crossed Italy, Switzerland, and France and traveled 1,700 miles to see Rosemary

The couple crossed Italy, Switzerland, and France and traveled 1,700 miles to see Rosemary

The move meant he couldn't see his grandmother whole block.

With no planes flying back to the UK during the national lockdown, Rome decided to go to his grandmother's place instead.

He continued, “Even after the quarantine, I thought walking could be a new experience.

I asked my parents and they didn't say more than 50 times. Eventually they agreed – provided we planned everything to be Covid-safe. & # 39;

During their adventure, Romeo and his father slept under the stars with birds and crickets that lulled them to sleep, came across a pack of wild dogs, and also met a wild donkey they named Pedro

Rome added, “I loved sleeping under the stars and swimming in the sea.

"We got lost a couple of times, we slept under a wasp's nest, which was a bad idea, got bloody feet, but we never thought of giving up."

Finally – after 93 days – the couple arrived in Trafalgar Square on September 21 and had to be quarantined for two weeks before seeing Rosemary.

During his walk, Romeo raised £ 13,731 for the Refugee Education Across Conflicts Trust charity.

The young man walked 1,700 miles to see his grandmother

Rome was connected by his father Phil

Romeo decided to go from Italy to his grandmother as there were no planes flying to the UK at the time

The young man described how he and his father slept under the stars and birds and crickets lulled them to sleep

The young man described how he and his father slept under the stars and birds and crickets lulled them to sleep

The charity provides emergency relief and long-term educational needs to refugees – especially children – fleeing conflict.

Romeo was inspired to raise money for charity after meeting his friend Randolph, who immigrated to Sicily from Ghana.

The student added: “He went further than I on this journey, but without food or water and in fear. He risked his life.

"He helped me when I came to Sicily, so I wanted to help him and other vulnerable children in return."

On their way, Romeo and Phil also volunteered at a refugee camp in Calais, northern France.

Their trip has now caught the attention of Lord Dubs – one of the Jewish children saved from the Nazis on the Kindertransport – who agreed to meet Romeo after the coronavirus pandemic.

Romeo has since raised more than £ 13,500 for the Refugee Education Across Conflicts Trust charity

Romeo has since raised more than £ 13,500 for the Refugee Education Across Conflicts Trust charity

The three-month walk was also an incredible experience for Romeo's father Phil – a filmmaker and journalist who was captured, held hostage and tortured in Sudan in 2017.

He managed to film his abductors by getting them to use his camera and hid the memory card during his three months in detention.

Phil said, “It's been really great for my sanity – to be part of a child's imagination and a child's epic journey.

"It was a special time and moment to share with my son and something we will both never forget in our entire lives."

Despite the return soon to Palermo, Romeo said his incredible walk was worth it.

He added, “I'm going to speak to Grandma Rosemary from Italy, but it's not the same as a real hug. I may have to come back soon but will definitely find a better donkey.

"Dad hasn't said any adventures in at least six months, but I'm already planning one."