Captain Tom fought for Britain during World War II, and when the pandemic began, he once again rose to the occasion. On 6 April 2020, with his 100th birthday on the horizon, he began a fundraising campaign for NHS Charities Together, a group of charities supporting staff, volunteers and patients in the NHS. On 16th April 2020, he completed one hundred 25-metre lengths of his garden, ten lengths per day, with the help of a walking frame. The endeavour was called “Tom’s 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS”. Prompted by the success of his first walk, he started a second round. On the closing day of his campaign, he had raised nearly £39 million with the expected tax rebates.
His motivation shares many characteristics of our Eleanor Hospital Logistics Team’s:
“. . . Our hospital teams have since the outbreak been at war with this awful virus and like Captain Tom, we all stood on the front line behind our NHS doctors and the nurses, keeping them in plentiful supply of PPE and medical products.”