Two brothers from Hatch End have replicated the work of Sir Tom Moore by raising money in their back garden, with the only difference being cycling instead of walking, and have even had some recognition from the man himself.
After seeing the recently knighted war hero in action on TV, Shiv, 11 and Krish, 9, thought they should do something similar to show their appreciation to all the NHS heroes out there fighting the coronavirus pandemic. In the end they managed to raise just short of £1,500.
A few different ideas were floated around, including running the length of a marathon in their garden and cooking, but they eventually came to the conclusion that cycling laps of the garden would be the best way forward.
The boys set an initial target of £1,000 and wanted to do 100 laps of their back garden every day for a whole week, but then changed it on the third day to be 165 laps.
On their JustGiving page, they said: “We are challenging ourselves to cycle 100 laps (6km approximately) a day in our home garden, without a break, for seven consecutive days.
“We would be really grateful for your kind sponsorship. Every donation would support the amazing NHS immensely in tackling this invisible killer. So please spread the word of our fundraising.”
Their father, Vikas, said: “The whole family are immensely proud of the boys for doing something like this at such a young age. If they are able to show this sort of spirit for giving at this age, then it bodes well for their futures.
“They really enjoyed the week; they had been missing going to school and seeing their friends, so this gave them both something to focus on doing.”
The older of the two brothers, Shiv, is a student at Pinner Park Primary School, and they also showed their appreciation to them when they tweeted congratulations, which was even noticed and liked by Sir Tom Moore himself.
The tweet read: “Shiv and Krish were inspired by Captain Tom Moore and decided to raise funds to support the COVID-19 heroes. They are cycling 100 continuous laps of their garden each day for seven consecutive days. Well done boys.”
Vikas even mentioned that they were excited about being recognised by the war veteran more than anything else.
He continued: “When they noticed that Sir Tom liked the tweet it really urged them on and made them even more excited to continue the fundraising.
“It’s also made their love on cycling grow as it was only a hobby before, but its now one of their favourite sports.”
Krish is a pupil at Grimsdyke Primary School in Hatch End, and the fundraiser inspired him to write a piece of work on what he and his brother managed to achieve.
It read: “We have learnt a few things from the challenge which were: perseverance, generosity and kindness. We were overwhelmed by the support and motivation from our friends, family and neighbours.
“Elated, ecstatic, thrilled. They were the only feelings we knew. All of this was only possible because our parents were motivating throughout the challenge.”
Their fundraising page is still open to donate, and you can do so by heading to the Just Giving website and searching for “Shiv and Krish Chauhan Garden Cycling”.