Amazing Sheffield girl, 7, raises hundreds of pounds for NHS by skipping for seven hours after being inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore

A kind-hearted Sheffield girl has raised more than £600 for the NHS by skipping for seven hours, after being inspired by the fundraising efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 5:44 pm

Amelia Hodkin completed her challenge seven hours of skipping – one hour for every year she’s been alive – on Saturday, April 25, and has smashed her original target of £500, raising £644.

She took an hour’s break every two hours, and Amelia’s loved ones were able to cheer her on during the last five minutes thanks to her mum, Charlotte Rodgers, live streaming the final part of her challenge on scial media.

The money raised by Amelia will be donated to NHS Charities Together, and Amelia’s mum, Charlotte Rodgers, has described how proud she is of her skipping star.

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Amelia Hodkin, 7, with little sister, Harper, 2, who joined in with her skipping challenge

"Everybody is so happy with her, we’re right proud. It’s for a good cause, and she really smashed her target,” said Charlotte, 26, of Stocksbridge.

She added: “Saturday was quite warm so it was a bit tough at points.”

Like many of us, little Amelia was inspired by the fundraising of Captain Sir Tom Moore who raised a staggering £33million for the NHS last year by walking 100 laps of his back garden to mark his 100th birthday.

"When she heard about Sir Tom Moore, Amelia said I’d like to do something like that,” explained Charlotte.

Amelia skipped for seven hours on Saturday, April 24 to raise money for the NHS

Amelia, who is a pupil at Stocksbridge Junior School, decided she wanted her challenge to reflect her age, just like Sir Tom's did, and pledged to skip for seven hours.

And her two-year-old sister Harper even joined in for parts of the challenge.

Charlotte says Amelia and the rest of the family have been blown away by the amount of people who have donated to Amelia’s fundraising page.

"We’ve even had a lady who has made a donation from Spain, and going through the names on the page, there are lots of people we don’t know who have donated just because they’ve heard about what Amelia’s doing or someone has shared it online.

Amelia pictured taking a well-earned break after completing the challenge

"Amelia’s so happy with what she's been able to raise. I think the fundraising page will be left open for a year so her total might continue to go up,” said Charlotte.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting Amelia’s Just Giving page here.

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