An eight-year-old from Northwood has proudly pedalled her way through a 240km challenge to raise money for children across the globe.
Tara Joshi, who is a pupil at St Helen’s School, has spent the past few weeks cycling around 4.8km a day to complete the distance and raise money for charity Aasha.
She decided to support the charity who seek to improve healthcare and education in rural India after seeing the kindness of others during the pandemic.
Tara said: “We all know that the last year was very difficult for everybody due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I found the story of Captain Tom really inspiring, he raised millions of pounds for the NHS so I decided I wanted to do something meaningful for my eighth birthday.”
Tara documented her challenge on her JustGiving page and on Strava and said that some days of the challenge were harder than, especially when she found herself cycling in the rain.
She said: “I enjoyed looking at some butterflies, insects and a spectacular double rainbow.
“There were some days especially at the start where I was tired which were a lot harder. Sometimes I even broke down and said I can’t do this but I said to myself I am strong, positive and I can do this.”
Her mum, Nidhi said she is extremely proud of Tara calling her “queen of the pedals.”
She said: “There we days where we had to give her that push but overall it was great.”
Tara said that in completing the challenge she received donations from 10 countries across the world and wanted to pay a special thank you to her family, friends, teachers and everyone who donated.
Her initial target was £200 but has raised over £1,000.
You donate to Tara’s challenge here.