A YOUNGSTER from Ponteland has been following in the footsteps of Sir Tom Moore to raise money for the NHS.

Five-year-old Joshua Marshall was inspired by the World War Two veteran’s fundraising efforts that saw him complete 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

The Richard Coates Primary School pupil has been drawing rainbows for elderly residents in care homes, and took on an obstacle course challenge on Tom’s birthday to raise money for the NHS.

His Mum, Jenny Jackson, spoke of her pride in her son.

She said: “He started off by drawing rainbows for care homes to make sure they knew people were still thinking of them when they weren’t allowed visitors. He hates to think anyone is lonely.

“Joshua has taken a major interest in Captain Tom since sending him a birthday card and is often asking about how much money he has raised for the NHS and what he done to accomplish it.

“Joshua gets set little tasks and challenges each day by his fab teacher, Miss Snowball at Richard Coates.

“One of them was to do an obstacle course. Joshua loved this and found it hilarious, so that is why on April 30 - Tom’s birthday Joshua completed the obstacle course 100 times.

“He is such a kind hearted boy and we are so proud of him.”

The 100 laps were spread out throughout the day, with Joshua’s big brother, Adam, and his Dad also taking part.

Joshua’s challenge has seen him raise more than £300 for the NHS so far.

Jenny was hopeful more people would be able to donate.

She continued: “I know cash is tight for everyone at the minute and there is so much going on to think about but literally every penny would count.

“We have family members and friends who work on the front line and to think they may run out of PPE equipment is heartbreaking.

“Far too many lives are being risked and taken.”

Donations can be made in support of Joshua’s campaign at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JenniferJackson17