Doncaster boys, aged six and nine, in 100 mile bike ride inspired by Captain Tom Moore

One is six, the other nine.

By David Kessen
Sunday, 26th April 2020, 8:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 12:15 pm

But these Doncaster brothers are cycling 100 miles each to try to be like war hero Capt Tom Moore.

When nine year old Jude Dickinson, from Bessacarr, heard about the 99-year-old World War Two veteran doing a sponsored walk to raise millions of pounds for the NHS, he said he should do somthing similar.

So he and his six year old brother Alexander decided to set off on a 100 mile cycle ride to raise £1 million.

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Mum Cathrine was delighted to hear their plan – but suggested they scale back the target a little!

So they set off on a plan to ride 100 miles by the end of April, and have been riding 10 miles a day ever since, in a bit to reach their target in stages.

Cathrine said: “It was Jude’s idea, and they had done the first 70 miles at the end of the first week. Jude originally wanted to raise £1 million, but I suggested £500 might be a better target.

“We’re trying to do a different route every day. I go out with them, but it’s them that are making the running. The aim is to be done by April 30.

Jude Dickinson shows the wall decorated in support of the NHS

“The boys don’t seem to get tired – it’s just me that gets exhausted!”

Cathrine set up an internet page for people to donate, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/judeandalexanderovertherainbow, and the boys were delighted this week to discover they had already broken their target.

Exercise is nothing unusual for the boys – both play sport.

Hill House School pupil Jude plays rugby union wih Doncaster Knights junior section, and rugby league with Bentley. Alexander plays football with Branton Bombers.

Jude and Alex Dickinson

They have also created a giant mural in support of the NHS, which they have chalked on their brick walls of the family home.

Mum Cathrine said they had decided to donate the money that the boys were raising to the local NHS charity to make sure it was used in the Doncaster area, and will give the cash to the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Charitable Funds.

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Jude and Alex Dickinson, with mum Cathrine

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Jude and Alex Dickinson