Captain Sir Tom inspires Norwich lad's Scootathon challenge

Owen Haynes covered 50 miles on his scooter for the Captain Tom Foundation

Owen Haynes covered 50 miles on his scooter for the Captain Tom Foundation - Credit: Kate Wolstenholme

A Norwich seven-year-old has completed a 50-mile Scootathon after being inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore. 

Owen Haynes, of Sandy Lane in Lakenham, covered an average of three miles a day on his scooter, before finishing his five-week fundraising challenge on Sunday. 

The Saxlingham Nethergate Primary pupil, who turned seven in March, has raised nearly £650 for the Captain Tom Foundation having originally set a target of £500. 

Owen was surprised by relatives who held up supportive signs for him as he crossed the finishing line at his home on Sunday. 

He has been scooting around Lakenham, Eaton Park, Hempnall and Saxlingham since February 22, completing 25 miles by March 8. 

Owen Haynes with his mother Melanie after completing his challenge for the Captain Tom Foundation

Owen Haynes with his mother Melanie after completing his challenge for the Captain Tom Foundation - Credit: Kate Wolstenholme

His mother Melanie said: "He has fallen off multiple times and has been covered in bumps and bruises but he kept going. He’s in complete awe of Captain Tom.

"He has been following him from the beginning from the first lockdown. He did not really know what charity was and originally asked 'why is that man doing that?'"

Owen Haynes completed 50 miles on his scooter for charity 

Owen Haynes completed 50 miles on his scooter for charity - Credit: Kate Wolstenholme


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Having realised Sir Captain Tom was raising funds for the NHS, Owen decided he would like to take on his own charity challenge with £100 of his target being raised within an hour of a Just Giving page being set up. 

Saxlingham Nethergate Primary pupil Owen Haynes has been inspired by Sir Captain Tom Moore during the coronavirus

Saxlingham Nethergate Primary pupil Owen Haynes has been inspired by Sir Captain Tom Moore during the coronavirus pandemic period - Credit: Submitted

Mrs Haynes said: "He was out clapping every Thursday for the NHS and when I had a baby in May on a Thursday, he was clapping outside for the NHS who had helped deliver his baby brother." 

Owen Haynes has raised more than £640 for the Captain Tom Foundation through a Scootathon 

Owen Haynes has raised more than £640 for the Captain Tom Foundation through a Scootathon - Credit: Kate Wolstenholme

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Having completed his Scootathon, Owen was presented with a special badge from his Beavers group at the Saxlingham Nethergate Scout and Guide Group. 

A family friend also bought him the Captain Tom Moore Little People, Big Dreams children's book as a reward. 

Owen Haynes with some of the signs that were held up by relatives as he finished his Scootathon 

Owen Haynes with some of the signs that were held up by relatives as he finished his Scootathon - Credit: Kate Wolstenholme

Mrs Haynes said: "He started the challenge on his scooter which he was finding hard going on his ankles and joints. I had a go and realised it was a problem. 

"His grandparents bought him a brand new scooter when he said he was serious about the fundraiser. He is really keen and is wondering what challenge he can do now." 

Owen's online fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Melanie-Haynes2

Owen Haynes with his mother and some of the signs held up for him as he completed his Scootathon 

Owen Haynes with his mother and some of the signs held up for him as he completed his Scootathon - Credit: Kate Wolstenholme

Owen Haynes completed some of his Scootathon for The Captain Tom Foundation in the dark

Owen Haynes completed some of his Scootathon for The Captain Tom Foundation in the dark - Credit: Submitted

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