When 74-year-old Rajinder Singh released a video of himself skipping during lockdown, his daughter Minreet Kaur, a newly-qualified journalist, knew he had a story that people needed to hear.

She dubbed him Skipping Sikh and battled to get his story out there. Despite an initial rejection, her perseverance saw Rajinder’s inspirational tale take on a life of its own.

He went on to raise thousands of pounds for the NHS and inspired many to dust off their skipping ropes and get fit during those first weeks of the pandemic. Rajinder is now planning to mark his 75th birthday by taking part in the London Marathon, skipping across the finishing line. Here Minreet tells how she took her father’s story and helped launch a phenomenon that has kept whole communities fit and active during lockdown.

The Skipping Sikh is running the London Marathon in aid of Mencap. Donations can be made here. You can see his videos on YouTube and follow his adventures  on Facebook  and Twitter.

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