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Much Hadham brothers inspired by Captain Tom Moore to raise money for NHS

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It seems the older generation are inspiring the young in Much Hadham, where two brothers have organised an event for their school to raise money for the NHS, following in the footsteps of 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore.

So impressed were they by the efforts of the former Army officer to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday, raising a staggering £32.79m, that St Andrew's C of E Primary School pupils and Allen's Green residents Sebastian and Benjamin Webb, aged eight and five respectively, decided to do something similar.

And they chose the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday (May 8) as the date to hold their 100-metre May Day Relay challenge.

Sebastian and Benjamin prepare for their fund-raising relay race in Much Hadham (34300258)
Sebastian and Benjamin prepare for their fund-raising relay race in Much Hadham (34300258)

Their mum, Elizabeth, said that more than 100 St Andrew's pupils had signed up to take part, along with 15 teachers, and the boys were delighted to have smashed their £500 target and raised almost £1,500 for Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

"Missing their friends, we came up with the idea of a virtual relay race with their classmates and the other children at St Andrew's," said Elizabeth.

"Lots of children from the school and their siblings will be taking part. Each child will run, jump, cartwheel, roll (or whatever else takes their fancy) a distance of 100 metres in their back gardens or a safe place before 'passing' their baton to one of their friends.

"The children would love to raise some money to support our local hospital and thank all those working there.

"Their efforts will be filmed by their adults and put together to make an awesome film in memory of this most unusual time in their lives and maybe to even inspire others as they have been inspired."

Elizabeth added: "We know times are challenging, but the children would be so grateful to anyone who feels able to show their support by giving a small donation." You can donate via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/themaydayrelay."

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