If you need proof that you can stay active at home, then look to Captain Tom Moore, who is celebrating his 100th birthday in a unique way – he’s raising money for the NHS with a sponsored walk, with the help of a 4-wheel walking frame!
Tom Moore served in India and Burma during World War Two, where he was more accustomed to riding on motorcycles and in tanks. He was planning a huge birthday celebration with 100 guests to mark his 100th birthday on 30th April, but coronavirus has forced him to cancel the party, so instead he decided to walk for charity. He plans to do 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden, with the aid of a rollator (much like our Atlas Lightweight Rollator).
He was originally hoping to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together, but as news got out, he raised his target to £500,000, and so far (Monday, 20th, April) he has raised a staggering £26,813,550.85. Tom walked 10 laps a day, he says he just needs to keep going at a slow and steady pace to get the task done.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalkforthenhs, where you can also see some of Tom’s old war photos. He is also Trending on Twitter with the hashtag #tomorrowwillbeagoodday.
If you have been inspired by Captain Tom, contact CareCo today and we’ll give you advice on how to get mobile again. We have many walking aids, including rollators like the one Tom uses, as well as tri-walkers, zimmer frames, and sticks and cranes.
Keep soldiering on, Tom!
Spitfire Salute for Captain Tom Moore
A Spitfire salute is being arranged for Tom’s 100th birthday with a fly-past over his home, and there are now calls for him to be knighted.
Watch the BBC News story, and see NHS workers thanking him here:
NHS Charities Together is a collective experience representing, supporting and championing the work of the NHS’ official charities. NHS Charities give £1million a day to the NHS, providing vital funds to help the NHS do more.