We’re calling on the local community to take part in a new fundraising initiative over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend of Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May.
Captain Tom 100, which has been set up to celebrate the life and amazing achievements of Captain Sir Tom Moore, invites people to take on a challenge for their chosen charity, based around the number 100, anytime over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend
Your challenge could be walking 100 steps, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes, climbing 100 stairs, hopping 100 laps in the garden, building 100 sandcastles, writing a 100-word poem, or flipping 100 pancakes. The only limit is your imagination!
Once you’ve chosen your challenge, you can fundraise or donate to St Catherine’s and share your challenge on social media, using #CaptainTom100.
Like many other charities, our hospice has been hugely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s significantly affected our funds, and no hospice run events are planned to take place until 2022.
Michaela Clements, Fundraising Manager at our hospice said, “The Captain Tom 100 challenge is a brilliant opportunity for our community to raise vital funds for their local hospice, whilst also celebrating Captain Tom’s generosity of spirit, the hope and joy he brought to millions, and his sense of fun”
One hospice supporter who has already signed up to the Captain Tom challenge is 10-year-old, Ellie-Mae. Ellie-Mae is drawing 100 butterflies to raise money for our hospice as we looked after her Nanny and Grandad.
Ellie-Mae said, “I love drawing and once I’m done, I’m going to donate my pictures to the hospice. I’m drawing between 8 to 10 butterflies every day and hope to get to 100 by the May Bank Holiday.
I chose to draw butterflies as I remember we released some butterflies at my Nanny and Grandad’s house. It was lovely to see them change from caterpillars to butterflies, and I always think of my grandparents when I see butterflies now. I love drawing them as they have so many different, unique patterns. I want to donate my pictures to St Catherine’s when I’ve finished so people can see how lovely they are and enjoy them. When you’re feeling poorly or looking after poorly people, it’s especially nice to remember simple things can be so pretty.
I’d like to say a big thank you to all the nurses and staff at the hospice. My Grandad used to visit St Catherine’s from the hospital’s intensive care unit when my Nanny was at the hospice. They loved sitting in the hospice garden together. The nurses and staff at the hospice did a great job looking after them and us.”
Captain Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said: “We know my father would love the idea of inviting everyone to get involved with a Captain Tom 100 challenge so that together we can ensure ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’”
To support St Catherine’s by taking on your own Captain Tom challenge please click here