Theo Woods raises over £7400 for the NHS front line workers.
While most students were enjoying their time off over the Easter break catching up on TV programmes or computer games, Theo Woods, had a bigger project in mind; He held a 12-hour clap-a-thon to raise money for the NHS heroes working on the frontline.
During the lockdown period, Theo, a Year 8 student from The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, developed a real love for taking to the doorstep of their family home to clap at 8pm each Thursday night to show his appreciation to the many front line workers keeping us safe.
Moved by the many photographs in the media featuring tired NHS staff with sore faces from the uncomfortable PPE equipment after working 12 hour shifts, he decided that clapping for a couple of minutes wasn’t enough.
On Thursday 23rd April, Theo took on his very own 12 hour shift. He started clapping at 8am in the morning and continued until 8pm in the evening, his marathon effort coinciding with his favourite time the week.
“I clapped all day apart from the odd toilet break.” said Theo. “Mum fed me sandwiches and drink through the day and loads of people joined me on Instagram where we streamed the whole day. I also had my little sister Nancy for company.”
Theo set himself a realistic target of raising £400 in total, however, at the time of writing his fundraising stands at £7455.
Christine Swift, proud mum said: “I think it’s amazing. I’m ever so proud of what a caring kid he is. We’re in lockdown and he could have stayed on his PlayStation but he came up with this which is fabulous. One of our friends is a paramedic and a lot of our friends have family members working on Covid wards.”
The young fundraiser from Hartlepool also caught the attention of Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball who interviewed him on her breakfast show just before he started calling him a “little legend” and sharing his GoFundMe page on her social media.
“Thank you to everyone who has donated” Theo concluded. “To raise this much money is a dream come true.”
Stephen Hammond, headteacher of EMS said: “Theo is an absolute credit to English Martyrs. I always say that we want our students to be agents for good and agents of change in the world. Theo is expressing his, and indeed our, gratitude to our health and care workers alongside raising a fantastic amount of money to support their work. It is a phenomenal effort!”