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Hayfield pupils inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore

We all know of Captain Sir Tom Moore's inspirational efforts for the NHS and it's good to know his example still inspires.

At Hayfield Primary School, pupils were invited to take the ‘Captain Tom’ challenge - to do ‘100 of something’, to challenge themselves and try things they haven’t done before. 

Once completed, they then had to sign a ‘pledge’ to do something on a continuing basis that would benefit others.

Six-year-old Ruby Barnes decided she wanted to collect 100 pieces of litter from around her village, to help maintain its appearance in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s own legacy. 

She was motivated by the knowledge that litter can harm animals and she wanted to ‘do her bit’ to keep the planet healthy.

Ruby’s mum was happy to support her efforts. So off she went. 

After a short while, she had exceeded her target, so invited friends to join in at various points along the way.

The result was two full bin bags of litter from around the village, and a job very well done, to the benefit of all. 

Ruby’s efforts, together with those of other children taking part in the challenge, will now be displayed in school, with their pledges, on the children’s return, for all to see

Said headteacher Stefan Papadopoulos: “This has been a good way to honour Sir Tom’s memory. 

“It’s helps to ensure children, many of whom have been unable to attend school, are still thinking of others, consistent with our school’s ethos. 

“We’re delighted with the efforts of Ruby and all the other children who’ve taken part.”

Main image:

CLEAN-UP: Ruby Barnes with her friend Autumn on their litter pick.

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