Mother & Son Walking Across The UK To Raise Awareness Of Lack Of Medical Cannabis Access

Forbes report…

A young boy and his single mother are in the midst of a 1,000-mile walk across the United Kingdom, a journey they are making to raise awareness and funds to provide medicinal cannabis to chronically ill patients.  After leaving their home in Northern Ireland, Charlotte Caldwell and 15-year-old Billy, who suffers from refractory epilepsy and autism, have crossed by ferry to Great Britain on an expedition scheduled to end at the Houses of Parliament at Westminster on June 14.

The Caldwells have three primary goals in mind as they journey across the U.K. The first is to raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit I Am Billy Foundation to provide financial assistance to patients who need support accessing cannabis medicines. The walk is also serving as a call to action for the U.K. government to support evidenced-based studies on the efficacy and safety of cannabis therapies, as well as a public invitation to Matt Hancock, the U.K.’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to meet for a roundtable discussion on the issue.

The Boy Who Changed The Law

Billy and Charlotte made international headlines in 2018 when her struggle to obtain a cannabis-based medicine for her son, who was enduring up to 400 seizures a day at the time, led to the legalization of medical cannabis in the U.K. And they haven’t been forgotten since then, it seems. Only seven days into their adventure, the pair have already exceeded their initial goal of raising £5,000 (about $7,054) for the foundation, prompting them to set their sights on £15,000 as a stretch goal.


Charlotte has sent a letter to Hancock to request a meeting with the health secretary when she arrives in London on June 14. She hasn’t yet received a reply, but if her invitation is accepted, she plans to call for swift and sure support of medical cannabis for NHS patients. And she is adamant about the response she expects to receive.

“What I need to be hearing from Matt Hancock,” she says, “is a three-letter word. ‘Yes.’”

Follow Billy and Charlotte’s 1,000-mile trek across the U.K. on Twitter or Facebook. Donations to the I Am Billy Foundation can be made online.


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