Charity supporters across Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport to take on fundraising challenges to mark Captain Sir Tom Moore's 101st birthday
A HUGE challenge will see kind charity supporters completing tasks related to the number 100 in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 101st birthday.
Charities across the country are joining in with the Captain Tom 100 Challenge, which encourages people to set a challenge for themselves to coincide with April 30, which would have been the veteran’s birthday.
Havant children’s charity Over the Wall has signed up and is urging supporters to get involved over the bank holiday weekend.
As a provider of free residential camps for children with serious illness, the charity will be raising funds to ensure more children are able to attend its camps in the future.
Challenges can be anything from walking 100 steps, running 100 metres, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes, climbing 100 stairs, hopping 100 laps of the garden, building 100 sandcastles, writing a 100-word poem to flipping 100 pancakes.
Like many charities, Over The Wall’s fundraising was hugely affected by coronavirus and it was forced to cancel camps across the UK, before developing a virtual programme named Camp in the Cloud.
Kevin Mathieson, Over The Wall chief executive, said: ‘The pandemic has had a significant impact on all aspects of our charity including our fundraising programme, so being able to raise money for camp, while celebrating the achievements of Captain Tom is a great opportunity for us.
‘We are hugely appreciative for anyone who can create and complete a Captain Tom 100 challenge in support of camp, and we look forward to seeing the creative ways in which our supporters get involved.’
Trustees, staff and volunteers at Home-Start Portsmouth are also taking part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge to raise vital funds for the charity.
Chair of trustees Anita Woodcock, who shares her birthday with Captain Tom, will be walking around Canoe Lake and the Rose Garden in Southsea 100 times to complete a total of 100,000 steps.
Anita, who will turn 74 on Friday, is asking friends and family to donate instead of buying her a birthday card and has already raised more than £300.
Another trustee, Hayley Cook, will be walking for 100 minutes with her three-year-old niece and five-year-old nephew around Portsmouth, on Sunday.
Motiv8, which runs services for young people across Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and Fareham, will be another charity taking up the challenge.
Their fundraising will help towards one-to-one mentoring support for young people struggling with anxiety or low self-esteem, vital youth work community services and easy-to-access youth hubs and clubs which focus on developing young people’s skills.
Sophie King, training and development team leader, said: ‘Motiv8, like many charities, wanted to support the Captain Tom Challenge and so our team is coming together in a socially distanced way to raise fun, the profile and funds for Motiv8 and the foundation. We hope you will get behind the challenge and support us.’
Supporters can fundraise and donate to their chosen charity and share their 100 challenge on social media, using #CaptainTom100.
Visit captaintom100.com to find out more and search for your favourite charity to make a donation.