Everyone is invited to join the Captain Tom 100 challenge

Jessica Downey
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Photo credit: Ian Forsyth - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ian Forsyth - Getty Images

From Runner's World

Today marks a year since 100-year-old British war veteran, Sir Captain Tom Moore, walked 100 laps around his garden to raise funds for the NHS. Not only did Captain Tom's challenge steal the hearts of the nation during the first Covid-19 lockdown, but the total amount raised now stands at almost £38.9m.

Captain Tom Moore sadly died with coronavirus in February 2021. Moore’s family wish to continue fundraising in celebration of Captain Tom’s life and to carry on doing good through his legacy.

He would have turned 101 on the 30 April, so his loved ones have invited everyone to take part in a challenge over Moore’s birthday weekend of Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May.

All they ask is that anyone who wishes to join in must create a challenge based around the number 100. This could be anything along the lines of scoring 100 goals, building 100 sandcastles, running 100 meters or baking 100 cakes.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

The Captain Tom Foundation have asked those getting involved with a Captain Tom 100 based activity to sharing this on social media with the hashtag #CaptainTom100. Participants are invited to fundraise or donate money toward The Captain Tom Foundation or another charity of their choice. Find out more about the event here.

Talking about the challenge, Captain Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore said: ‘We are so grateful for the incredible support we have received since my father started his record-breaking fundraising walk and that his message of hope was shared with the world.

‘Captain Tom was very proud to be able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation and the Captain Tom 100 feels like the perfect way to celebrate the hope and joy we know he inspired in so many.

‘He would have loved the idea that everyone could get involved and that together we would ensure that ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’.

‘We look forward to celebrating with you and seeing how you do the Captain Tom 100 – your way. ’

The event comes at a challenging time for charities across the board that have been badly hit by Covid-19. Thousands of fundraising events have been forced to cancel and a loss of approximately £10 billion in income has led charities unable to provide key services to those vulnerable and most in need.

The Captain Tom 100 is organised by The Captain Tom Foundation with London Marathon Events. The event will allow others to demonstrate Captain Tom’s generosity of spirit and joy that he spread to millions through his 100 laps for the NHS.

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