Tom’s in the saddle for NHS with 128km ride at home

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Tom Wilks and mum Gemma

A SCHOOLBOY got on his bike to raise more than £500 for the NHS by riding over 100km without leaving his home.

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Tom Wilks (9), from Nomansland, is a member of Sotonia Cycling Club and has been taking part in races since he was four.

He was kept motivated on his challenge by surprise messages from the Ineos cycling team, which is owned by multi-billionaire chemical company boss Jim Ratcliffe, who has a home in Beaulieu.

Mum Gemma told the A&T: “Chris Froome said how well he had done, as he didn’t do his first 100km until he was about 18 or 19 years old. To receive those messages really was the icing on the cake and he has donated too.”

A pupil at New Forest Primary School in Landford, Tom initially hoped to raise £100 for the £1m Star Appeal at Salisbury District Hospital, where he was born. He chose the charity as his school had planned to support it prior to the Covid-19 outbreak.

To donate visit www.facebook.com/donate/646243062598469

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