10 year old Jenson O’Neil is certainly going all out to support the NHS. Inspired by Captain Tom Moore, he aims to run 100 laps of the community field in Istead Rise.
At 0.64 km per lap, this amounts to a grand total of 64 kilometres (just under 40 miles). With an average time of 3 minutes per lap, this will be taken in stages – 10.00am on Saturdays and Sundays, and after school on weekdays, come rain or shine. His initial efforts are seen below, showing great determination during some pretty adverse weather conditions.
Captain Moore’s amazing achievements have really captured Jenson’s imagination and given him a very strong commitment to raise funds in the same way to help the NHS, and in particular Darent Valley Hospital, where mum Lisa works. Jenson said “I will be running around the field to complete as many laps as possible and aim to set a personal best record of 100 laps, if not more.”
Jenson hears first hand from Lisa about the amazing work that she and her colleagues provide at Darent Valley Hospital during these traumatic days of the pandemic. Along with Captain Moore’s influence, this has encouraged him to do something really positive for his community. Lisa feels that whilst the pandemic has been so disastrous, it has also had a very positive side and brought out the very best in human nature.
This is such a valiant effort by a young person in our community, I am truly humbled and encourage everyone to support him in anyway you can.
If you would like to donate, you can do so through his Just Giving page HERE