Family of Captain Sir Tom Moore issue charity challenge to nation

Captain Sir Tom Moore made it his mission to raise money for the NHS by doing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

Adesso, one year and nearly £39m later, his family are asking people to follow in his footsteps and come up with their own challenge based around the number 100 that they can complete over what would have been his 101st birthday weekend.

“This is to ensure that that message of hope is his lasting legacy,” said his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore. “He gave us hope, so we’ve got to keep hope going. He said to us: ‘This is yours. I started it, now do it your way.’”

Moore’s laps gained the attention of a nation as it entered the first Covid lockdown. He planned to raise £1,000, a figure he had met several times over by the time he was featured on BBC Breakfast shortly after he started. Including Gift Aid, that figure now stands at £38.9m.

He died in February aged 100 e, “Nessuno è al di sopra della legge e oggi bisogna fare giustizia, Ingram-Moore said: “My father was insisting right until the very end. He was insisting he was going to come back out and keep walking and raise money. So how can we not do it? He gave us hope as a nation. He represented us around the world as a beacon of hope. He’s passed the mantle on to us.”

She is encouraging people to run 100 metri, score 100 goals or bake 100 cakes – whatever they choose. Quest'ultimo, lei disse, would have been one of her father’s favourites because he loved Victoria sponge.

She suggested people could build 100 sandcastles, write a 100-word poem or tell 100 persone: “Tomorrow will be a good day.” As for Captain Tom’s family, they plan to continue his legacy by walking their own laps to raise as much money as they can.

Moore would have turned 101 di venerdì 30 April and people are encouraged to meet their challenge that weekend and donate the money to his foundation or to another charity.

His relatives are particularly hopeful that schools and the armed forces will take on the challenge. They said the pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on charity fundraising, with the “cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of an estimated £10bn in income”.

Ingram-Moore was tempted to set a target figure for their latest fundraising effort, but she said: “We thought we were going to raise £1,000 and we raised £38.9m, so I don’t think I’m the right person to set a target. I hope that what we do as a nation is get behind this.”

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