11th Apr, 2021

Age UK Solihull calls on residents to back the Capt. Tom Challenge

Solihull Editorial 7th Apr, 2021

AGE UK Solihull is inviting supporters to join The Captain Tom 100 Challenge to boost their funds.

The appeal comes after Captain Sir Tom Moore’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, asked that to celebrate her father’s amazing achievements and mark what would have been his 101st birthday, everyone take part in a fundraising challenge for a local older people’s charity,

Between Friday, April 30 and Monday, May 3, people are invited to follow in Captain Tom’s footsteps by setting themselves a ‘100’ themed challenge.

This could be anything from walking 100 metres to baking 100 cakes, scoring 100 goals, cycling 100 miles, writing a 100-word poem or a 100 themed challenge of their own.

Captain Tom raised an incredible £38.9million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal and in the process inspired a nation.

His simple message of hope – ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’ – brought comfort to so many during the pandemic.

Lorraine Hart, fundraising manager at Age UK Solihull, said: “We were all moved by Captain Tom last year.

“This ‘100’ challenge is a great legacy to him.

“Older people in Solihull need our help as much as ever, with many feeling even more lonely and isolated during this latest lockdown and many will have lost confidence in going out and connecting with their community.

“We hope to be here for many years to come to be able to support them, but like many other charities, we need to be able to raise money to pay for our services, and this has been difficult over the last 12 months.

“We hope the good people of Solihull will get creative and join in this challenge. All money raised for Age UK Solihull stays in Solihull, as we are a local charity.”

For more details on the challenge and how to raise money for Age UK Solihull, visit https://captaintom100.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/captaintom100/ and select ‘Age UK Solihull’.

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