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Boy’s wonderful tribute to ‘hero’ dad who died in workplace accident

today4 July 2022

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A boy from the East Midlands is cycling 200 miles from London to Paris for charity in memory of his “hero” dad. Rupert Brooke, seven, will be completing the challenge to honour his dad Tom Brooke, who mum Jess says was “his absolute favourite person in the whole wide world”.

Tom sadly passed away in April 2019 after an unexpected workplace accident, when Rupert, from Long Eaton, was just four. Jess said: “He idolised him and he was his hero. He absolutely adored Tom.

“He was four when his dad died and it’s devastating at any time but it’s a particularly difficult and challenging age for it to happen, as he’s old enough to know what it’s about but not old enough to fully understand his feelings and the feelings of sadness. It smashed us up to pieces.”

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In recent years Rupert has begun cycling more and is a member of the Leicester Forest Cycling club’s junior division and cycles competitively on the weekends. Jess said: “Rupert’s dad taught him to cycle before he was killed three years ago, he used to have a balance bike when he was two and I remember when he was three we sort of went on five-mile roads with him on his balance bike with Tom.”

“During the first lockdown when the roads were really quiet I started taking him out on the roads a little bit because it seemed like a sensible, slightly less terrifying time to get out on the road with him, and he took to it like a duck to water.” The idea of cycling to London was first raised as a fun idea to do with friends, and they had planned to complete the cycle last year but were unable to due to lockdown restrictions.

Jess said: “Last year France was not open for business so we couldn’t go last year which I think was a blessing in disguise as Rupert is a year older and a year stronger, so rather than it being a really long slow trip he is able to do it at the speed that an average adult would be able to. ” Rupert will be completing the journey over four days with his mum Jess as well as some friends and a support crew.

Rupert is completing the journey not only in his dad’s memory, but also to raise money for the Children’s Bereavement Centre based in Newark. He said: “I want to raise money for the Children’s Bereavement Centre so that they can help more people like Mummy and me.”

“My ‘Daddy Pig’ was my favourite person in the whole world. He made me laugh, he made me feel safe and he loved me so much, and then he was gone forever.




“My Mummy was looking after me but I could see that she was very sad and not the same anymore. I was terrified that something could happen to her too.” So far Rupert has raised more than £11,400 for the charity and hopes to reach his new goal of £15,000 after smashing his original £8,000 target.

Rupert will also be the unofficial youngest person to cycle the journey from London to Paris, as although Guinness doesn’t keep page-related records, the youngest person to complete the journey that people are aware of was eight.




If you would like to support Rupert in his challenge you can find his JustGiving page here. CEO, Kate Baxter, of The Children’s Bereavement Centre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Rupert has decided to support the Children’s Bereavement Centre by taking on this amazing challenge.”

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