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Fundraising ton fun celebrates life of Captain Tom

Date: 28 April 2021

Sussex Community NHS Charity is encouraging people to take part in a fundraising event celebrating the life of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore. 

The organisation, the official charity of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, hopes supporters will complete the Captain Tom 100, a challenge of their choice based on the number 100, between Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May. 

This bank holiday weekend would have been the 101st birthday of Captain Sir Tom, who died on 2 February this year, months after raising more than £30 million for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 lengths of his garden. 

The Second World War veteran’s feat, which helped earn him a knighthood from the Queen, has inspired this latest fundraising initiative, the organisation of which fulfils a pledge made by his family following the outpouring of tributes after his death. 

People can challenge themselves to walk 100 steps, run 100 metres, score 100 goals, bake 100 cakes, climb 100 stairs, hop 100 laps of their garden, build 100 sandcastles, write a 100-word poem or flip 100 pancakes. 

It does not matter what the challenge is, and whether it is completed indoors or outdoors, as long as it is connected with the number 100 and completed during the bank holiday weekend. 

Once supporters have chosen their challenge, they are being invited to fundraise or donate to Sussex Community NHS Charity and share their 100 on social media, using #CaptainTom100. 

Rosie Hemming, the charity’s Community Fundraising Manager, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our community to pull together once again for their local NHS while celebrating the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

“By creating a 100 challenge and raising money for Sussex Community NHS Charity, supporters will be continuing his legacy and making vital funds available to support NHS services, staff and patients. I can’t wait to see what creative ideas our supporters come up with!” 

The charity will use the money to pay for items that are not covered by core NHS funding, such as wellbeing equipment and advanced medical equipment to improve patient assessments. 

Hannah Ingram-Moore, Captain Tom’s daughter, said: “We know he [Captain Sir Tom] 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’ (her father’s most memorable phrase). 

“We look forward to celebrating with you on what would have been his 101st birthday weekend – it’s going to be fun!”  

Supporters can set up a JustGiving page using Sussex Community NHS Charity’s unique link

Further information is available from the Charity’s webpage and CaptainTom100.com.