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Children pay tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore at Ardleigh Green nursery

Nursery staff told the kids how Captain Sir Tom Moore raised money for the NHS (credit: Havering Colleges)

Children at a nursery in Ardleigh Green have payed tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore. 

The world war two veteran passed away at the age of 100 after contracting coronavirus.

He won the nation’s heart by raising nearly £33 million for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden last year. 

Children at the Stepping Stones nursery walked 100 steps around the nursery garden and then clapped 100 times to pay tribute to Sir Tom. 

They then held up colourful pictures they had drawn of the army veteran.  

Kids were encouraged to count to 100 as they marched (credit: Havering Colleges)

“The super happy toddlers beamed as they marched in a line, led by nursery staff, who encouraged them to count out loud to 100,” said a spokesperson for the nursery. 

“After clapping one hundred times, the children were told about the inspirational Captain.

“They heard how he had walked around his garden 100 times, and how the money he had raised was helping the doctors and nurses of the NHS to care for people the children might know who were sick.”

Nursery Manager Kerrie Taylor said the children were “very excited” to join in with the marching and counting. 

“This was a fun and educational way for young children to remember Captain Sir Tom Moore, a gentleman who inspired the nation during this difficult year for all,” said Kerrie. 

“We wanted to pay tribute to him but also acknowledge that even young children have been affected by the Covid pandemic.”

Stepping Stones nursery, which is run by Havering Colleges, is currently open to support key workers.

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