A four-year-old schoolgirl from Amersham has walked in the footsteps of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore by completing her own charitable challenge for the NHS, raising just under a whopping £4,000.
Through January and February, young Peyton Davis ran around a mile a day to complete her own marathon in a bid to help the overstretched doctors and nurses.
After hearing about the impact COVID-19 was having on the NHS, who her next-door neighbour and best friend’s mum work for, Peyton was itching to do anything she could to help out.
The challenge started on January 4 and finished February 8. Her parents, Jack and Roxanne, said they were blown away by the support and their little girl’s efforts.
Speaking to AmershamNews, her dad Jack said: “It was around Christmas time when Peyton had been wanting to see her best friend from school, ut it wasn’t possible because of the restrictions.
“But when we mentioned that her best friends mum has been really busy helping sick people get better in hospital her response blew us away. She said ‘well what can we do to help?’ She’s so young but so aware at the same time and we’re just so proud of her.”
After coming up with the marathon challenge, Peyton was really excited to start and ran the mile every day in her favourite Arsenal shirt.
She said she wanted to run just as fast as her favourite players Aubameyang and Leah Williamson in local parks and roads. And in the words of her dad, she’s “smashed it”.
“That’s been one thing that’s shocked us – how well she’s doing both on the runs and how much money she’s raised,” said Jack.
“She’s been pushing herself and for a four-year-old she’s doing such an amazing job. It’s the best feeling for us.”
Not only that but Peyton has become a mini celebrity locally and nationally. She’s gone from getting recognised by people on her runs to being on ITV News, BBC News and Good Morning Britain.
Jack said: “It’s just been the icing on the cake for us. From everyone’s perspective, the country’s morale is so low at the minute with the lockdown and sad news about Sir Captain Tom and we’ve all sunk a bit.
“But what Peyton is doing is lifting the mood. When you see everyone getting behind her it’s overwhelming.
“We all hear the horror stories about people within the NHS and how they’re struggling, long hours, stress, and to know she’s helping them is amazing.”
To help Peyton raise as much money as possible for the NHS, make a donation to her fundraising page which can be found on GoFundMe by searching ‘Peyton’s marathon for the NHS’.