Hayfield pupils are inspired by Captain Tom

We all know of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore’s huge efforts in raising millions for the NHS.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 7:02 am

And his remarkable legacy has inspired pupils at Hayfield Primary School in High Peak to take on their own challenges during lockdown.

The children were invited to take the ‘Captain Tom’ challenge, to do 100 of something, to challenge themselves and try things they hadn’t done before.

And once completed, the pupils would then then sign a ‘pledge’ to do something on a continuing basis that would benefit others.

Ruby and her friend Autumn litter picking

One of those taking on a challenge was six-year-old Ruby Barnes, who decided she wanted to collect 100 pieces of litter from around her village, to help maintain its appearance in memory of Captain Tom’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.

Helped by her mum, Ruby set to work and after just a short while, she had exceeded her target.

So she 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, are being put on display in school, along with their pledges, for all the children to see when they return to school.

Stefan Papadopoulos, the school’s head teacher, said “This has been a good way to honour Sir Tom’s memory.

And it’s helped 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.”