Tyler, 8, follows in Captain Tom’s footsteps

An eight-year-old boy has helped raise more than £1,000 for charity – after he was inspired by Captain Tom.

Tyler Roden, aged eight, of Willenhall held a cake sale as part of his efforts to raise money for the Red Cross
Tyler Roden, aged eight, of Willenhall held a cake sale as part of his efforts to raise money for the Red Cross

Tyler Roden, from Willenhall, decided to raise funds for the British Red Cross by carrying out good deeds and exercise throughout April.

He started on April 1 by carrying out one good deed and one minute of exercise – and built up to 30 good deeds and 30 minutes of exercise by April 30.

Tyler has also organised a raffle – and held a cake sale outside his home.

He has so far raised around £1,200, with donations still rolling in.

Tyler said: “I have always said to my parents that I want to do something for charity because I find it inspiring how people give their time into helping others who need it more than themselves. It’s a dream for me to be part of that.

“I have found this year a bit rough I must say. We have all missed our family and friends massively. But we are at the point where we are almost through it.

“I am mostly inspired by Captain Tom because he sent out very important messages to everyone.

"I would probably say that the most important message from Tom was – ‘For all those people finding it hard at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away’.

“I am going to be raising money for the British Red Cross who are doing amazing work helping people who are sick, homeless, hungry, cold, and much more all due to Covid-19.”

His proud mother, Nicki Roden, 34, added: “He has been talking about doing something for charity for a while, and he really wanted to do good deeds for charity.

"He’s done a variety of good deeds throughout the month, from checking in on neighbours, delivering sending you a hug cards that he made, helping his grandparents in the garden and helping us around the house.

“He’s a very caring, lovely boy. We are very proud of him.”

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