Bikes and bakes: Grace and Lily are inspired by Captain Tom

Lily Jeans

Fundraiser Lily Jeans made a bake-tastic effort - Credit: Claire Jeans

Just like many others, the Jeans family from Dunkeswell, near Honiton, were inspired by the fundraising efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
And last weekend to mark what would have been his 101st birthday, Grace and Lily Jeans decided to set their own personal 100 challenges.
Mum Claire explained: “Captain Tom showed us that every individual can do their bit to make a big difference and this is exactly what Grace and Lily did.” 
10-year-old Grace challenged herself to cycle a massive 100km over the bank holiday weekend. She battled the elements through blazing sunshine and torrential hail storms.
On Sunday she completed a staggering 48km and then got up on the Monday and in windy and wet conditions she completed the final 15km to take her to a total of 101.05km.
Her eight-year-old old sister Lily put her baking skills to the test and challenged herself to bake and decorate 100 cupcakes. 
She then donated these to local residents, including to a local care home, Hummingbird Care in Churchinford. The residents gave Lily a very warm welcome and greeted her by singing their favourite song, You Are My Sunshine – safely from a distance and wearing masks of course!
Claire said: “We are so proud of their kind hearted determination and dedication and are proud to say with the help of family and friends in the community the girls raised an amazing £443.”

On  April 6 last year, Captain Tom Moore set out round his garden to thank the nation's NHS heroes. One hundred laps later, he’d raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal.

His simple message of hope – “Tomorrow will be a good day” – inspired millions around the world and brought comfort and joy to so many during the pandemic.

In their own way, Grace and Lily have done their bit and built on that amazing legacy. April 30 would have been Captain Tom's 101st birthday and to honour him and his amazing achievements, The Captain Tom Foundation encouraged everyone, of all ages and abilities, to take part in the Captain Tom 100. This could be anything the fundraiser chose – from walking 100 metres to baking 100 cakes or writing 100 letters.

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