Capt Tom is Sophie’s inspiration

Just Regional
Apr 21, 2020 3 mins read

Eight-year-old Sophie Cole was so moved by the efforts of Captain Tom Moore – the 99-year-old veteran who has raised millions of pounds to help the NHS – that she has decided to start her own fundraising event.

She and her mum, Carla, were out running and walking the 5k challenge for the NHS when Sophie, who lives in Cringleford, was inspired to do more.

“Sophie was nominated to do the 5k challenge by her cousin when she said she wished she could do something like Captain Tom to help people,” said Carla.

“So, we set her up a Just Giving page and chose the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust because people’s mental health is an important issue in these challenging times.”

Sophie Cole and her mum, Carla. Sophie will be completing a 10k challenge to help the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Sophie and Carla will be running and walking 10k on Saturday, supported by dad Richard and sister Hollie, four.

“Sophie was keen to really challenge herself so decided on 10k,” said Carla. They set their target for £50, expecting just family and friends to donate, but Sophie has already raised more than £270.

Carla said her daughter was always caring, saying: “She is always keen to help people and I’m sure she will end up in a caring profession. That’s her personality.”

Dawn Collins, deputy lead nurse at NSFT – which provides mental health and learning disability services across Norfolk and Suffolk and is based in Hellesdon – said: “We are delighted to hear about Sophie’s brilliant efforts to raise money for our hard-working staff and to make lives of service-users on the wards easier in these difficult times. We wish her the best of luck on Saturday and look forward to hearing how she gets on.”

Carla said the pair planned to leave home between 8.30 and 9am and the route will take them past the N&N, past Earlham Park and along Bluebell Road then back through Eaton and Cringleford if anyone wants to cheer them on!

Find Sophie’s Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/SophieLCole.

In response to offers of help such as this, NSFT has set up a Just Giving page which will be used to help staff working across both counties.

Money will also be spent supporting service-users, who may be separated from their families and friends during lockdown or are struggling in other ways.

Funds could be spent in a variety of ways, such as buying fruit and vegetable boxes for staff who do not have the time to go shopping or buying extra treats for inpatients and those service-users who are self-isolating at home.

Dawn said: “Like our colleagues from across the NHS, our staff are going the extra mile every day to take care of our service-users and keep them safe. Despite being under extreme pressure, they are selflessly working additional hours and taking on extra responsibilities during the pandemic to ensure that we are continuing to provide the best possible services throughout this crisis. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who feels able to support us and will aim to keep people updated on how their money is being spent.”

To donate to the appeal, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/nsft-nhs

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