By Hannah Phillips
A nine-year-old girl spent 24 hours bouncing on a trampoline to raise money for the NHS – after being inspired by 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore.
Amelia Davies had planned to raise just £50 by completing the madcap challenge in the garden of her home in Leeds but managed to rake in more than £500, which she will be donating to NHS Charities Together.
The year four pupil began the challenge at 10am last Saturday [April 18] and bounced for 10 hours straight, stopping for only food and toilet breaks and to sleep before completing the final 14-hour stretch the next day.
Mum Sonja, 43, said her sporty daughter’s love of rock climbing and swimming helped her battle through the fatigue and the schoolgirl managed to take a few breaks from the pressure on her feet by bouncing on her bum instead.
The single mum-of-three, a carer, said: “It was Amelia’s idea – she saw Captain Tom on the news and said she wanted to do something, so we had a good think.
“She loves trampolining anyway so I suggested a 24 hour challenge and she was up for it.
“I don’t think she realised how long 24 hours was.
“She was tired at the end but she isn’t half motivated.
“By the end, she couldn’t believe how much she’d raised but I think she was glad it was over.
“She ended up doing it in her dressing gown towards the finish.
“Afterwards I tried to put her in the bath but she was too tired so she just had a warm drink and nodded off straight away.”
Fitness fanatic Amelia’s trampoline challenge was inspired by Captain Tom, who has managed to raise more than £28 million for the NHS by walking more than 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday at the end of this month.
Sonja cheered on Amelia for the whole 24 hours and even joined in for the last five to help keep her motivated as the pair were determined for Amelia to complete the challenge within a 48 hour period.
Sonja said: “I think she just thought it was amazing that a man that age could walk so far.
“She’s amazing and everyone has just totally been behind us. Everyone on social media thinks it’s incredible.
“I’m smiling from ear to ear, I’m so proud of her.
“I couldn’t have done that at her age, I would have got fed up.
“We only wanted £50 and we thought we’d scrape that together from friends and family but it just went mad.
“The reaction has been amazing, people have been calling her a warrior and can’t believe how kind and generous she is.
“We didn’t expect it go off the way it did but everyone has been totally behind us.”
“She told her classmates and teachers over a classroom app and everyone was just so pleased with her.
“This challenge has boosted her confidence so much.”
Amelia said: “I think Captain Tom’s brilliant.
“I would love him to see my challenge.
“I’d be so excited if he did and if he was amazed.
“He’s an amazing man for doing all that walking especially with him being that old.
“It was tiring but it was worth it – I’m very proud of myself.”