THE family of Captain Sir Tom Moore are encouraging fundraisers to take on their own ‘100’ challenge to mark what would have been his 101st birthday on 30 April.
Sir Tom captivated the imaginations of people across the world last year when he walked 100 laps of his garden to raise £38.9 million for NHS Charities Together. Sadly, the World War Two veteran passed away on 2 February this year after battling COVID-19, but his legacy will live on thanks to the new Captain Tom 100 challenge.
The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity are encouraging people of all ages to participate in the challenge to honour Sir Tom and to support their local hospital charity by fundraising. Fundraisers can do any activity they like – from walking 100 miles to baking 100 cakes or writing 100 letters.
Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and Development Manager, said:
“Sir Tom’s simple message of hope – ‘tomorrow will be a good day’ – inspired so many NHS colleagues and brought comfort and joy to millions of people during the pandemic. Now it’s our turn to build on his legacy by taking part in the Captain Tom 100.
“Thanks to Sir Tom’s incredible fundraising, the charity received £166,500 from the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 emergency appeal. We have invested the funds in a host of wellbeing initiatives for our NHS heroes in Rotherham, which we ordinarily would not be able to fund.
“We hope our colleagues, local schools, businesses and community groups will continue to showcase the amazing love and appreciation they have for the NHS by taking part in the challenge. Whether you’re painting 100 rainbows or telling 100 jokes, we want to hear about it. Have fun!”
How it works
All participants need to do is dream up a Captain Tom 100 challenge based around the number 100 and set up a fundraising page linked to the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity via Virgin Money Giving.
Challenges can be completed anytime and anywhere during Captain Tom’s birthday weekend – starting on Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday, 3 May.
Participants are encouraged to share their 100 on social media by using #CaptainTom100.
Captain Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, added:
“We are so grateful for the incredible support we have received since my father started his record-breaking fundraising walk. We know he would love the idea of inviting everyone to get involved and share their Captain Tom 100 so that together we can ensure ‘tomorrow will be a good day’. We look forward to celebrating with you on what would have been his 101st birthday weekend.”
For more information about the Captain Tom 100 challenge, email the charity via: email@example.com or call 01709 426821.