Epic challenges to take place on 30 April
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family is calling for the public to create a challenge based around the number 100 in the legendary fundraiser’s memory.
The family is asking people to take part in multiple fundraisers of their own making they can complete over what would have been his 101st birthday weekend.
“This is to ensure that that message of hope is his lasting legacy,” said his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore. “He gave us hope, so we’ve got to keep hope going. He said to us: ‘This is yours. I started it, now do it your way.’”
Moore’s laps gained the attention of a nation as it entered the first Covid lockdown. He planned to raise £1,000, a figure he had met several times over by the time he was featured on BBC Breakfast shortly after he started. Including Gift Aid, that figure now stands at £38.9m.
Moore would have turned 101 on Friday 30 April and people are encouraged to meet their challenge that weekend and donate the money to his foundation or to another charity.
His relatives are particularly hopeful that schools and the armed forces will take on the challenge. They said the pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on charity fundraising, with the “cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of an estimated £10bn in income”.
She is encouraging people to run 100 metres, score 100 goals or bake 100 cakes – whatever they choose. The latter, she said, would have been one of her father’s favourites because he loved Victoria sponge.