A SCHOOLBOY, whose one mile fundraising runs have gathered a celebrity following, is hoping to add Prince Harry to the growing list or participants.

Ten-year-old George Mathias nominated the royal after taking part in a run around Knowsley Hall and Safari Park with Lady Derby, a close friend to the royal family.

Lady Derby, who is president of Alder Hey Children’s Charity, is part of a long list of people including sporting and entertainment celebrities to complete one-mile runs with George in aid of Alder Hey Children's Hospital – which saved his younger brother James’ life.

The St Julie’s pupil is planning to run a mile for each month he has spent with six-year-old James, taking on 80 in total.

In a video, released on the special fundraising page Run with George, it shows George and James reaction to going inside Knowsley Hall, meeting Lady Derby and even getting to run in the closed Safari park.

George’s dad Richard Mathias said: “Lady Derby was so kind asking George’s questions, including if the Queen has ever slept over at Knowsley Hall and if she cleans the hall herself – she was such a good sport.

“Both of the boys were just overwhelmed when we pulled up to Knowsley Hall and I made sure to capture George’s reaction for the video.

“All the staff there and Lady Derby herself were so lovely, they even let us do part of the run in the safari park which was closed at the time.

“She was so lovely with both boys, she lives and breathes for the charity and took time out, in her position, to do this so we cannot thank her enough.

“George has two people at the top of his list of people he wants to run with which is Prince Harry and Jurgen Klopp.

“We hope Lady Derby can pull some stings and get Prince Harry involved, George is a big fan of his – it would be great for him to do a mile with us.”

George has already run with a host of celebrities including Saints captain Jon Wilkin, Liverpool football legends Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and John Barnes, gymnast Beth Tweddle and Everton's Leighton Baines and Olympic swimmer Fran Halsall.

Comedian’s John Bishop and Jason Manford also joined him for a trek as well as soap stars Kelvin Fletcher from Emmerdale and Coronation Street’s Samia Longchambon.

To follow George’s journey visit runwithgeorge.com, visit his Facebook page or follow @RunWithGeorgeUK on Twitter.