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Captain Tom legacy lives on with 101st birthday fundraising challenge

Celebrate the amazing achievements of Captain Tom and support Springhill Hospice in an exciting new fundraising challenge, the Captain Tom 100, launched on the anniversary of his historic walk.

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, in the UK and around the world, could be involved in
. That event is the Captain Tom 100 and Springhill Hospiceis proud to be inviting supporters to take part. 

Captain Tom 100 offers Springhill supporters, of all ages and abilities, the opportunity to raise crucial funds for the Hospice, 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.

That could be walking 100 steps or running 100 metres, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes, climbing 100 stairs, hopping 100 laps of the garden, writing a 100-word poem – anything at all, inside or outside. There are no rules, apart from Government guidelines on the roadmap out of lockdown, and it's open to everyone.

How do you take part? It’s so simple. 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. Let Springhill know what you’re doing to raise money for them and share your 100 on social media!

Launching the Captain Tom 100, Hannah Ingram-Moore, Captain Tom’s daughter, said: “We are so grateful for the incredible support we have received since my father started his record-breaking fundraising walk. 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’. Do it your way and have fun! “

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on UK charities, with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of millions in income. At a time when vulnerable members of society need them most, charities have had to cut services, furlough staff and some have even shut down.

Fundraising Manager at Springhill Hospice, Sophie Ansley, said: “We have all been inspired by Captain Tom and to be invited to be part of his amazing legacy is a wonderful opportunity for the Hospice. Our doctors and nurses have continued to support our patients and families throughout the past year despite the many difficulties and financial pressures that have been created. It’s important to be able to use opportunities like the Captain Tom 100 to help rebuild a solid foundation for hospice care now and in the future.”

Captain Tom and the target of 100 has inspired many people none more than seven year old Romi Gully from Middleton who has cycled 100 miles in March, with her dad Darren, for Springhill Hospice because it is close to their hearts. Romi, pictured, managed to beat her target by cycling over 126 miles, before and after school, and raised nearly £2,600.  

To set up your Captain Tom 100 challenge today click here.

For help and support with your own Captain Tom 100 challenge for Springhill Hospice contact the Fundraising Team by emailing fundraising@springhill.org.uk or call 01706 641790.