Two Radlett youngsters are raising money for Hertfordshire charity Small Acts of Kindness by setting themselves a challenge to walk 100 miles in just 50 days.
Zachary and Oli, who both attend Newberries Primary School in Radlett, were inspired by the schools’ value of the kindness and also the amazing achievements of the later Captain Sir Tom Moore.
The boys have committed to the challenge and began it on Random Acts of Kindness day, which was on February 17.
Zachary’s mum, Cassie, spoke to RadlettNEWS at the halfway point of the challenge: “My husband and I, as well as Oli’s parents, are incredibly proud of them both for wanting to do such a great thing for charity and they were really keen to support Small Acts of Kindness because it was Kindness month at their school.
“They’re halfway through the challenge so far and are doing at least two miles every day. It’s going really well and it’s good for them to both meet up and do something that is helping a lot of people.
“They didn’t set a fundraising target at the start and just wanted to raise as much as possible. Zachary was really excited when the first donation came in and it’s just spurred them on to keep going.”
During winter, Small Acts of Kindness have reached more than 16,500 older people, many of whom are incredibly lonely and isolated.
Lockdown has meant they cannot spend time with their family and friends and can potentially have a huge impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.
Lynne Misner, CEO of Small Acts of Kindness, told RadlettNEWS of her gratitude to Zachary and Oli’s hard work to support the charity.
She said: “Zachary and Oli are an inspiration. Every step they are taking with this challenge is an act of kindness. The support that they have gained and the donations that have been made will help some of the most vulnerable older people in our community, in a time that they need it most.
“We wish them every success and extend a huge than you to everyone who has helped make this challenge happen and supported it.”
So far, the boys have raised more than £600.
To donate, head to smallactsofkindness.co.uk/zachary-and-oli