Magdalen’s Sam takes on £700 triathlon challenge

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Sam pic ANL-140427-164545001

A seven-year-old from Magdalen raised over £700 for Lynn armed forces charity, The Bridge For Heroes, when he completed a triathlon challenge.

But Sam Boore refuses to stop there, with plans for further fundraising in the upcoming months and hopes of completing a pentathlon and decathlon over the next two years.

The youngster, who lives in Stow Road and attends Magdalen Village School, was joined by Jacob Taylor, seven, the son of Bridge For Heroes charity founder, Mike Taylor, to complete the triathlon.

The pair took on the challenge of swimming 50m, cycling five miles and running laps of The Walks until they covered two miles with ease.

Sam’s dad, Warren, said: “They did it easily in an hour-and-a-half and had an absolutely great day.

“Afterwards we headed to The Bridge For Heroes headquarters for tea and coffee.”

Sam raised a total of £763 for the charity, which offers special rest and recuperation for our armed forces, veterans and their dependants, through his Just Giving page.

Although thrilled to have raised so much, the dedicated youngster barely stopped for breath before announcing his plans to complete a pentathlon next year and a decathlon the following year.

He also has plans to complete a 48-hour military vehicle photo challenge at several military museums.

The Magdalen youngster refused to stop there after developing an interest in military vehicles and history - even creating a museum in his bedroom.

Sam Boore, seven, has now raised over £1,000 for The Bridge For Heroes after finding an interest in all things military following a visit to RAF Marham.

His grandfather Peter Boore, of Gayton, was in the air force, and his great-uncle ‘Uncle Mac’ Boore, 80, who also lives in Magdalen, did his national service at RAF Marham in the 1950s.

Sam has already raised over £300 from the military museum he set up in his bedroom complete with model aeroplanes and camouflage netting decorating the walls.

The room is filled with toys, paintings and drawings, a collection of books on the military, a map from the Second World War, various artefacts and even a pair of military-style pyjamas.

The museum has raised over £300 from for the charity from visitors’ donations and has been awarded Learning Destination status from the Children’s University.

His dad, Warren, said: “We’ve got a lot to thank the volunteers at the RAF Marham centre for. They give up their time and have done so much. It’s not just that he wants to raise money for The Bridge For Heroes, but Sam has gone from a quiet and shy little boy into an outgoing seven-year-old.”

Now he wants to do a 48-hour photo challenge which will see him travelling to several military museums including Duxford and The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.

Within the time limit, he aims to collect snaps of himself with as many different military vehicles as possible.

His dad said: “Because the money goes to The Bridge for Heroes, he wanted to do something to do with a military theme but he just thinks them up all by himself.”