The family of Sir Captain Tom Moore – the centenarian who raised millions for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden – are inviting people to take part in their own fundraising challenge on what would be the army veteran’s 101st birthday.
Captain Sir Tom became a symbol of hope and endeavour during the height of the pandemic after challenging himself to complete a century of laps around his garden before he turned 100-years-old.
His efforts raised a staggering £32 million for the health service.
The national treasure passed away with coronavirus on February 2 – triggering a flood of tributes from across the world.
April 30 would have been Sir Captain Tom’s 101st birthday – and his family are encouraging people to create their own campaign around the number 100 to raise funds for good causes.
The family have said this could include the Captain Tom Foundation – which was set up to combat loneliness, champion education and equality, and support the NHS – or any other charity.
All challenges would take place over the early May bank holiday weekend.
Sir Captain Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, stated: “I really hope people see this [100 challenge] for what it is, which is an absolute chance to bring joy, put money back into charities and support the Captain Tom Foundation, which after all is the legacy of hope that he’s left us.”
She added: “We want people to go crazy and create their own 100 – a challenge around the number 100.
“Because he was 100 and he was so proud to be 100.
“We thought of whether it should be 101, but it’s definitely 100 because that year he lived being 100 was the best year of his life, almost certainly.”
Some of the potential ideas for fundraising challenges include walking 100 steps, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes or writing a 100-word poem.
“My father loved the beach so he would have said 100 sandcastles or jump 100 waves,” said Ms Ingram-Moore.
“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’.
More information on the 100 Challenge is available here.
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