Six-year-old boy walks 100 miles in the Harborough district after being inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore

Toby Taylor went out in all weathers to raise money for charity

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 12:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 12:56 pm

An incredible little boy from a Harborough district village has walked an astonishing 100 miles in snow, rain and sun to get behind Captain Sir Tom Moore’s charity.

Six-year-old Toby Taylor went out in all weathers to trek at least four miles every day throughout February to support the Captain Tom Foundation.

And the extraordinary youngster from Bushby who has warmed hearts everywhere has already multiplied his £250 target by more than six times as he has raked in a stunning £1,560 for national legend Captain Tom.

Toby Taylor.

Toby’s thrilled mum Sarah Taylor, 28, told the Harborough Mail: “There are not enough words to say how proud we are of Toby.

“He has shown so much enthusiasm and devotion to his challenge, which was fuelled from knowing how much he was raising for The Captain Tom Foundation.

“He is our incredible little boy who is such a huge inspiration to us.”

Fired up by the inimitable Captain Tom, Toby completed his final mile of his 100-mile walk on a glorious sunlit day on Sunday February 28.

Toby Taylor with his family.

Fundraising Second World War hero Captain Tom died on February 2 aged 100 after generating £33 million for the NHS as he walked 100 lengths of his garden.

And his funeral took place on Saturday (February 27).

“To mark the end of his challenge, Toby laid some flowers on the memorial bench in Thurnby village for Captain Tom.

“He has been out walking every day, showing nothing but the greatest determination and devotion – even when he was faced with the harshest weather.

“He has raised over £1,500 and the donations are still coming in.

“Toby’s GoFundMe page will close next Sunday March 7,” said Sarah.

“It was never going to be an easy challenge.

“But Toby has never not wanted to go and shown enthusiasm and resilience the whole way through.

“100 miles was a massive challenge for a six-year-old.

“Toby’s proved that no matter who we are, we can achieve so much if we put our minds to it and believe in ourselves - just like he did.

“We have told Toby to never stop being him, as we are so proud of his kind, caring and determined nature.

“He really is a credit to us,” said Sarah, a teacher, who also has a four-month-old baby son Albie.

There is still time to help tot up Toby’s fantastic total.

So if you would like to donate please visit Toby’s fundraising page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/toby's-100-miles-in-1-month