Record breaking NHS charities fundraiser Captain Tom Moore has launched a new fundraising push amid the second national lockdown in England.
From this week England has entered a second lockdown, which is curtailing charities fundraising efforts after a year of income losses.
In response Captain Moore has launched a #WalkWithTom fundraiser, to mirror the success of his fundraising push during the first lockdown. This saw the second world war veteran raised more than £32.7m for NHS Charities by walking 100 laps of his garden - the most money raised by a single walk
For this latest plea for donations Captain Moore, who was knighted by the Queen this year, is urging others to stage their own sponsored event.
Captain Tom has a message for you “Let's stand shoulder to shoulder (metaphorically!). Let’s try not to get downhearted, we will get through this. Let's walk together to keep our spirits up and support those who are lonely"#WalkWithTom https://t.co/8nOe9qQj4w pic.twitter.com/pfwU1EAMAG— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) November 5, 2020
“This time Captain Tom is handing the baton over to everyone right from the start,” said the Captain Tom Foundation, he has set up with his family.
“Walk with Tom encourages those of all ages, geographies and persuasion to take action.
“People can walk to keep their mind happy, walk and give someone a call. Walk to their shielding friend’s house and drop off a little something on the doorstep, or just talk – at a distance of course.
“If you want to walk 100 laps like Captain Tom did, or do a marathon - fantastic, if you want to walk 100 metres, great, if your toddler walks their first steps, amazing!”
those taking part are being urged to use #WalkWithTom on social media to encourage others to take part and share their achievements.
The fundraiser is urging the public to set up their own fundraising page via JustGiving. The Captain Tom Foundation has also set up a donation page.