A boy from Torquay has been nominated as one of DevonLive’s Covid Heroes.

During the first lockdown, Leon Snell saw Captain Sir Tom Moore on TV and felt inspired to launch his own fundraising appeal.

Leon who has just turned 10, enjoys running with his dad and so he decided to run 26.2 miles, the length of the London Marathon, to raise money for the NHS.

He completed the challenge over the course of 6 days, and smashed his original fundraising target of £260, raising an impressive total of £2000.

The money was raised using the NHS Charities Together website where funds are used for several initiatives, including providing NHS staff with wellbeing hubs and purchasing iPads for patient use.

Leon Snell was inspired by the London Marathon and Captain Tom

His proud mum, Kelly, said Leon was very excited about the challenge he’d set for himself and that he finished his last lap on a Thursday evening during the clap for the NHS.

His neighbours came out to cheer him on, and he also received support during his challenge from his dad and siblings Jude and Ayda-May.

Kelly said Leon carried on with his running despite starting to get sore legs and feet.

She said: “He’s proud of himself and he kept saying how he was so inspired by Captain Tom Moore. He said ‘I just want to do something as good as he’s done. We’re very proud of him, not only for doing it but for wanting to do it – he was so determined.”

Tell us about your Devon Covid Heroes. Nominate them below

The pandemic has seen countless people give generously of their time and money to help others in Devon.

If you know somebody who deserves to have their contribution recognised, let us know by filling in the short nomination form above and we will give a shout out to as many Covid Heroes as we can.





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