A 12-year-old boy walked 100 miles in memory of his grandfather before he undertakes his Bar Mitzvah.

Jake Segal from Borehamwood lost his grandfather, Norman, when he was three.

Norman was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a year before Jake was born.

Nine years later, Jake decided to walk to Yavneh College in Hillside Avenue, Borehamwood from his home, every day.

The 12-year-old hiked 100 miles over August to raise £500 for Jewish Care who looked after Norman near the end of his life.

Jake said: “I decided I wanted to do something for a charity to help people in the community and I like walking.

“I also wanted to do something to remember my Papa Norman as it makes me sad that he won't be at my Bar Mitzvah to celebrate with me.

“I know he would have been really proud of me and I want to help other families who are in the same position.

“I enjoy walking but I didn't want it to be too easy so I challenged myself to do 100 miles.”

Jake ultimately raised £500 for Jewish Care and its dementia services.

He added: “I found some days easier and other days harder.

“I had a lot of support from lots of different people.

“I felt very happy when I finally completed it and I’m pleased that so far I have managed to raise over £500.”

Yvette and Paul, Jake’s parents said: “We are so proud of Jake for deciding to challenge himself for his Bar Mitzvah project.

“He told us he wanted to do something worthwhile in the summer holidays to keep active but also to help raise money for charity.

“Jake would have loved to have had his Papa Norman at his Bar Mitzvah and this is his way of thinking about him.

“Jake has made us so proud.”