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Taunton Pre-Prep student Patrick features in Captain Sir Tom’s new book

Posted: 29th September 2021

Captain Sir Tom's new book

Eight-year-old Taunton Pre-Prep School student Patrick Dixon from Taunton has been chosen to be illustrated in Captain Sir Tom Moore’s new book ‘One Hundred Reasons to Hope’ after serving as the youngest member of a local volunteer group ‘Taunton Scrubbers’ who sewed essential items for NHS workers last year.

The book, which was published this month by Penguin, features then six-year-old Patrick at his sewing machine alongside one hundred other ‘everyday heroes from across the UK’ who inspired hope during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Patrick, who has Cystic Fibrosis, was delighted to sign copies when he attended the launch tea party of the book earlier this month, and has brought in a copy for students at Taunton Prep School to read.

Louise Leah, Head of Pre-Prep at Taunton School, says, “As a school we are so proud of what Patrick achieved throughout his period of lockdown. Learning a new skill and spending so much of his period of isolation helping others is an example to us all. Well done Patrick!”

Patrick’s mother Eva says, “Like many children who live with a life-limiting illness, Patrick is incredibly resilient, brave and appreciative of the smallest joys in life and I feel so proud and humbled by him and his thoughtfulness during this time. It’s been a huge honour to be recognised for his lockdown efforts and included in Captain Sir Tom Moore’s book ‘One Hundred Reasons to Hope’, which will undoubtedly be our family’s keepsake for generations.”

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