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21st Jan 2022

Toy Show’s Adam King named the “most huggable person of 2022”

Katy Brennan

Adam was honoured for “resonating with people far and wide”.

Adam King has been named the Most Huggable Person of the Year by the US team behind National Hugging Day.

The holiday was first started by in America back in 1986 and has spread across the rest of the world since. It encourages people to hug others often (and consensually) in order to spread love and acceptance.

In a tribute from National Hugging Day, Adam was applauded for “introducing the world to a beautiful hug he had drawn to stay closer to his teacher and friends during the Covid-19 pandemic. ”

It also went on to say he “resonated with people far and wide”.

Adam captured the hearts of the nation when he appeared on the show with his ‘virtual hug’ card in December 2020.

The seven-year-old, who has a rare brittle bone condition, has impacted people worldwide since his TV appearance and even received a letter from United States of America President Joe Biden, who praised him for introducing his virtual hugs idea to people during the pandemic.

His dreams to work for NASA and go into outer space were recognised by retired astronaut Chris Hadfield, who said he was massively impressed by him.

A post on Adam’s Instagram read: “We are honoured that Adam has been named the most huggable person of 2022!

“In the words of Adam – always remember to hug the ones you love the most and if you can’t give a real hug – give a virtual hug!”

Last year, for National Hugging Day, Adam’s ‘A hug for you’ sign was projected onto the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

The Cork native also recently released his first book, titled A Hug For You this Christmas.