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Captain Tom's legacy lives on with 101st birthday fundraiser

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As the Covid lockdown swept Britain, former soldier Captain Tom Moore decided to use the time to raise a few quid for the NHS. With his 100th birthday approaching, his family set him a modest target: walk 100 laps by April 30 and we will donate £1,000. Capt Tom, as he was then known, just about squeezed over the line. At the last count his fundraising efforts had raised £39million.

Feted across the world as a symbol of hope and inspiration, Capt Sir Tom, as he became known after being knighted by the Queen, died on February 2 aged 100.

But his memory and legacy live on in The Captain Tom Foundation, the charity set up in his name to ensure others know “tomorrow will be a good day”.

Now his daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, wants the world to unite with his family on what would have been his 101st birthday.

Today, she launches Captain Tom 100, a challenge to raise funds over his bank holiday birthday weekend.

Captain Sir Tom Moore

Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising efforts raised £39million for the NHS (Image: PA)

Speaking for the first time since his death, she said: “Amid the mayhem and in a quiet moment my father said, ‘Why are they so interested in me?’ I said, ‘Because you give hope that things will get better.’ He loved that. And it became his purpose.

“It was so amazing to go on that journey with him. We were father and daughter cheek by jowl and for a lot of the time we were talking to the world.

“I remember being sat with him saying, ‘Next we are going to Nashville, Dad’ and like a flash he would appear on live American TV and say, ‘Good morning, Nashville.’ And speaking to the French he’d quip, ‘If the Rosbif can do it the French can do it too.’ People loved him. He was 100 years old but had this unique skill to connect with people on a basic human level.”

Capt Sir Tom would have turned 101 on Friday, April 30.

Captain Tom 100 invites everyone to dream up a challenge to raise funds for his foundation or a charity of their choice. Challenges can be completed anytime and anywhere over the bank holiday weekend.

Captain Sir Tom Moore

Captain Tom’s family wants the world to unite on what would have been the hero’s 101st birthday (Image: PA)

The message is simply Do it Your Way – in a nod to his favourite song, Frank Sinatra’s My Way.

Speaking exclusively to her father’s favourite newspaper, Hannah launched the drive alongside family friends Karl Clark and Saira Nunn, who run The Bell pub in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, and their children Maison, six, and Myla, five.

The millions Capt Sir Tom raised are already making lives better, helping Covid workers and training 60,000 community first responders.

Hannah said: “My father left us with the most extraordinary gift. But what an amazing thing to leave – the gift of hope to the world.”

“He died knowing he made a
difference to people’s lives and that’s all we could ever ask for.”

To mark the occasion Hannah, husband Colin and children Benjie and Georgia will complete 100 laps of the garden Captain Sir Tom Moore made famous the world over.

Eight-year-old inspired by Captain Tom to run 100k and fundraise over £2,500 for cancer charity

A BOY of eight has been inspired by the late Captain Sir Tom Moore to run 100k in a month and raise over £2,500.

Tommy Weekes got extra motivation for helping Macmillan Cancer Support after being told half-way through his grandad Pete, 72, had cancer.

The retired P&O manager died the day after Tommy finished his 62-miler.

With older brother Jack Finney, 20, he smashed his early £100 fundraising target within a matter of hours.

Tommy, from Widnes, Cheshire, normally plays rugby league.

Tommy

Tommy is motivated to help Macmillan Cancer Support (Image: NC)

But with that on hold he came up with the idea of the month-long run after watching Jack start a “couch to 5k”.

Tommy said: “Captain Sir Tom did inspire me, and I want to do more now. I might take April off and start something else the month after!”

Mum Michelle, 48, a learning disability nurse, said Pete was “a proud man – and even prouder of what Tommy was doing for charity.

“At the end of the challenge we were videoing him and he said, ‘I done it, Grandad’.”

She said Tommy was thrilled to be retweeted by Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon and had had a “good luck” video from Warrington Wolves rugby player Chris Hill. Everton sent a signed home shirt to auction.

Dad Andrew, 46, said: “All the retweets really spurred him on, and he’s been buzzing about it.” Donate at https://gofund.me/c45182e8



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