'Heart of gold' - Harrison, 6, runs a mile a day in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore
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A six-year-old boy with a "heart of gold" has won the love and admiration of his community by running a mile a day come rain, wind or snow - all in memory of Sir Captain Tom Moore.
"Caring" Harrison Deacon was saddened to see the death of the national treasure, who completed laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS during the first coronavirus lockdown.
So Harrison told his parents he wanted to run around his home Suffolk village of Bildeston in the decorated war veteran's memory, saying: "I want to do something to help make money to help."
Since then, he has shown determination the 100-year-old would be proud of, pushing on regardless in freezing cold, snowy and wet weather - even when feeling tired.
His efforts have certainly captured people's hearts - having set out to raise £200, the youngster has actually raised nearly £3,000 for the Captain Tom Foundation, with mum Lauren posting videos of his progress.
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Supportive neighbours have often beeped their car horns and waved at Harrison to cheer him on his way.
Asked why Harrison's efforts had appealed so much to his neighbours, dad Luke Deacon said: "I think it's his young age.
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"He turned six in December and people can see what he's been going through.
"When he heard the news that Captain Tom had passed away, he said he wanted to raise some money and do some running.
"We thought if he can get to £200, that would be great - but it has spiralled out of control.
"He's only six and he's a bit of an inspiration.
"I know parents say this about most children, but he genuinely does have a heart of gold.
"He's a very kind little boy. He's quite sensitive and he's still a young-minded boy - he likes to play his games and play with his toy trains.
"However, he's always cared about others."
The Captain Tom Foundation raises money to combat loneliness, champion education and equality, and support the NHS.
Mrs Deacon said: "Carrying on his journey, Captain Tom and his family want to keep on helping people.
"This is about raising as much money as we can to inspire hope where it is needed most."
To donate, visit Harrison's JustGiving page.