Hospice's May bank holiday challenge for Captain Tom

By Simon Hart

Following the outpouring of heartfelt messages since the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore on 2 February, his family pledged to celebrate his life with an event that everyone could be involved in. That event is the Captain Tom 100 and St Joseph’s Hospice is urging its supporters to take part on this coming May bank holiday weekend.   
The Captain Tom 100 offers people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to raise crucial funds for charity while at the same time celebrating Captain Tom’s generosity of spirit, the hope and joy he brought to millions, and his sense of fun. All participants need to do is dream up a Captain Tom 100 challenge based around the number 100 and do it at any time and anywhere over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend – starting on Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May. 
The challenge could be walking 100 steps or running 100 metres, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes, climbing 100 stairs, hopping 100 laps of the garden, building 100 sandcastles, writing a 100-word poem, flipping 100 pancakes – anything at all. Once supporters have chosen their challenge, they can fundraise or donate to St Joseph’s Hospice and share their 100 on social media, using #CaptainTom100. 
Captain Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said of the initiative: ‘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. 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.’ 
Zoe Furnivall, fundraiser at St Joseph’s Hospice, said: ‘We are very excited to take part in the Captain Tom 100 to celebrate the achievements of this incredible man and we hope that all our supporters will join in by thinking up some fun and exciting challenges around the number 100. Together, this will really capture the generosity of spirit that Captain Tom brought to the nation one year ago. What a wonderful tribute and a fantastic way to mark what would have been Captain Tom’s 101st birthday weekend.’ 
To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/JospiceUK/ or CaptainTom100.com