Four-year-old Nottinghamshire boy bakes 100 cakes for local charity as part of Captain Tom 100 Challenge

A four-year-old boy has taken part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge to raise more than £100 for a charity that supports the neonatal unit at King’s Mill Hospital.

By Katrina Taylor
Monday, 10th May 2021, 2:08 pm

Caring youngster Jack Beard from Blidworth, baked 100 cakes to raise an impressive £120 for the Emily Harris Foundation.

The challenge took place over the weekend of April 30 to May 3 to coincide with what would have been Sir Captain Tom Moore’s 101st Birthday – and encouraged people to undertake a challenge involving the number 100 to raise money for charity.

Budding baker Jack had heard about the Second World War veteran – who raised more than £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first lockdown last year – and told his mum, Rebecca Gregory, he wanted to raise money for poorly babies.

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Jack Beard presenting the cheque for £120 to Clare Harris of the Emily Harris Foundation

Proud Rebecca said: “Jack wanted to raise money for poorly babies by baking cakes.

"As he’s only four, we thought this was a nice thing for him to do and set a target of £50, but he more than doubled that and we are over the moon with how much he’s raised.”

Clare Harris, foundation manager from the Emily Harris Foundation, said she was ‘delighted with Jack’s efforts’.

"As a small charity, we are reliant upon the generosity of our supporters and for a young child like Jack to be inspired by Captain Tom and want do something to help others in need is a lovely thing,” she said.

Four-year-old Jack with his cakes.

Other supporters of the Emily Harris Foundation have also signed up to complete challenges and made donations as part of the Captain Tom 100 Challenge to help the charity, whose aim is to make life a little easier for families who find themselves with a baby on the neonatal unit.

Daniella Coles, one of the Emily Harris Foundation Trustees, has committed to walking for 100 minutes every day during May and Emily’s grandmother walked 100 laps around her bungalow during the challenge.

- To find out more and to sign up to do a challenge, visit the Captain Tom 100 Challenge website and search for the Emily Harris Foundation.

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