The Yorkshire legend is at it again! Captain Tom Moore, who raised £33 million for the NHS, launched a new campaign that aims to get people walking to help support people who are feeling “lonely and frightened” during lockdown.
During the last lockdown back in March, Captain Tom walked 100 laps and more of his garden to raise money before his 100th birthday. The story captured the heart’s of the nation and quickly went viral. He was even knighted by the Queen for his hard work, and there is a film in motion to celebrate his life.
Capt Sir Tom said: “We are in a difficult situation but we’ll get through it if we all join together.”
The challenge is encouraging people to log their walking on social media using the hashtag #WalkWithTom over the next week, for a noble cause that aims to combat loneliness and support people going through bereavement.
Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, this Yorkshireman believes the second England-wide lockdown will be difficult but believes “we will get through it”
Capt Sir Tom said: “We’ve got to consider that during this next coming period there are going to be a lot of unhappy people who are lonely and frightened and we need to go out and help those people.
“That’s why we’ve got the Captain Tom Foundation.”
Sir Tom helped set it up in September and works with four other charities – the mental health charity Mind, The Royal British Legion, Helen and Douglas House children’s hospice in Oxfordshire, and Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes.
Capt Sir Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said the family had been “given an incredible gift of a voice and platform to do powerfully positive things with”.
She said they wanted to “remind people that we are British and we can get through this”
“We would like everyone to walk together with Tom so we can help support those who are lonely,” she added.