Centenarian Captain Tom Moore has launched a fundraising initiative encouraging the UK to keep active and raise money for charity during England’s second lockdown.
#WalkWithTom asks people to walk as far and as often as they like, to raise money for The Captain Tom Foundation.
Captain Tom made headlines during the first lockdown by completing 100 laps of his garden in the days leading up to his 100th birthday. His walking feat captured the hearts of the nation and raised over £30m for NHS Charities Together.
The new fundraiser will build on his journey and support causes close to the heart of Captain Tom and his family. They’ve been inundated with requests for support following the announcement of a second lockdown and their desire is that #WalkWithTom will unite the nation, ensuring the country can face the next few challenging weeks together.
The newly formed Captain Tom Foundation was launched in September and said it will support four different causes:
- Combating loneliness
- Bereavement support
- Education and equality
- Supporting our friends overseas
Launching the #WalkWithTom initiative on its website, the foundation said: “Earlier this year Captain Sir Tom united the nation walking laps of his garden and became the face of hope in dark times. Carrying on his journey, the family have been inundated with requests for support following the announcement of a second lockdown and their desire is that Walk with Tom will unite the nation, ensuring we can face the next few weeks together.
“If you want to walk 100 laps like Captain Tom did, or do a marathon – fantastic, if you want to walk 100 metres, great, if your toddler walks their first steps, amazing! We hope everyone will share their journeys using #WalkwithTom so we can support each other’s achievements.”
Captain Tom added: “I would like us all to stand shoulder to shoulder (metaphorically!). Let’s try not to get downhearted, we will get through this, whatever is thrown at us and together we can ensure that tomorrow will be a good day.”