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Arise Sir Tom

Over the period of the pandemic we have followed the story about Captain Tom Moore’s inspirational journey and we couldn’t forget the next stage in what must have been an amazing few months for him.

On Friday, in the Queen’s only investiture during lockdown, she knighted the man who has been taken to the hearts of the nation. The ceremony took place outdoors at Windsor Castle where he was recognised for raising more than 32 million pounds for NHS charities. Accompanied by his daughter, son-in-law and two of his grandchildren he had the honour bestowed upon him using a sword originally owned by King George VI.

In what must have been an absolutely amazing day for the old soldier  the nations hero officially became Captain Sir Tom Moore. This story took everyone on a journey as Captain Tom initially wanted to raise £1000 for walking 100 laps in his garden. As the total rose so did the love of the nation and his determination and courage made headlines not just in England but all over the world and must surely be the tale of lockdown and with this investiture the happy ending that we all love.

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Tony – what a hero!!

Tony Hudgell suffered horrific abuse from his birth parents when he was a baby. At only 41 days old, due to the nature of his injuries he almost died. In 2017 Tony had to have both his legs amputated. The Evelina London Children’s Hospital saved his life then and still do now with the care that he receives.

The brave youngster was inspired as we all were by the amazing money raised by Captain Tom Moore. Captain Tom Moore used a walking frame to help him achieve the 100 laps of his garden. Tony, at the time was using a walking frame and decided that he could do the same. Tony has pledged to walk 10km during the month of June to raise funds for the hospital that helped to save his life. Tony was fitted with his first pair of artificial legs earlier this year and using these and his crutches he wanted to raise funds for the hospital. Another story that the nation has taken to heart.  Now people have heard about the amazing challenge they are stopping to support Tony as he walks past and the great news is that the funds keep coming. He has currently raised over £210,000 and the total is still rising and with the publicity that has come with it is definitely going to continue to increase.

The link to the Just Giving page being used to raise funds for this amazing superhero is here.

The Bio from this page says the following:

Tony at 41 days old suffered horrific abuse at the hands of his biological parents. He suffered multiple fractures, discolations, blunt trauma to face leading to multi organ failure, toxic shock and sepsis. He ended up on life support and seconds from death. 

Sadly in 2017 he had both his legs amputated due to the extreme injuries. His left hip is discolated and missing the ball joint due infection, he has hand issues and deaf in his right ear. 

The positive side to this is he is Today a bright happy, confident little boy who loves life. 

Over the last week he has been learning to walk on his new legs with crutches, and he wanted to raise some pennies for the wonderful hospital The Evelina Children’s Hospital whom is his second home. Please help him and encourage him to walk every day of June hoping to reach his target of 10 kilometres. 

This may seem and easy task but for him this is a huge mountain to climb 💙

Captain Tom was and still is an inspiration. As well as featuring Tony Hudgell today, we have also previously featured the equally amazing Sophia Hyde who again drew inspiration from Captain Tom. It isn’t just about the fundraising but the inspiration that other people can draw from tales of people achieving great things. Everyone can be inspirational and it may just be a small thing but if it inspires others to do their best or try and challenge themselves in some way then in our view the inspiration just snowballs.

We will keep checking on this story about Tony and then let you know but we wish him well with the fundraising and with the new legs that he is well and truly testing!!

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Arise Sir Tom

The public called for it and the Prime Minister put in a special request. Protocol out of the window as it is really unusual for Knighthoods to be given out at times that are not usually associated with New Year or the Queen’s birthday. Captain Tom Moore has been the story of this pandemic and has raised almost £40 million pounds once all of the gift aid money has been included. A total that will make such a difference.

He has, along with his family, launched a Foundation and this will be trying to combat loneliness, a cause close to his own heart. The link to the Foundation can be found here. He recalled the tale of his wife being in a nursing home who told him that if he didn’t visit she would have been really lonely. He spoke about how the pandemic must be making lots of people feel especially lonely and wanted to find a way to help. In his own words you are never too old to make a difference and Captain Tom or Sir Captain Tom as he will now be known will be one of the lasting memories and has certainly in more ways than one proved to be probably the tale of inspiration and hope that everyone needed.

Sir Tom is writing two books to help raise funds for his Foundation, one an autobiography and the other a children’s book. I am sure that these books will continue to help the charity money roll in.

I am sure that when the current situation changes and the visit to the Palace can take place, the nation will be joining the Queen in thanking him and awarding him one of our greatest honours. Arise Sir Tom….

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Happy Birthday Captain Tom

Happy Birthday Captain Tom!!!  Captain Tom has been part of the most inspirational story during this Coronavirus pandemic and everyone has followed his fundraising and sponsored walk with interest and admiration. His total stands at over £29.5 million and is still rising. The sponsored walk was initially due to be completed by his 100th birthday, which is today and after following his inspirational journey we couldn’t let today go without wishing him a happy birthday. His rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone duetting with Michael Ball reached number one in the charts raising yet more funds.

The Royal Mail says that all stamped post up until Friday will be marked with: “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020”.

Royal Mail has also said it has been inundated with birthday cards for Captain Tom and that they have had to open a dedicated collection box. There have been so many cards that they have all been sent to Bedford School. This is the school that one of his grandsons attend. All the cards have been stood up and displayed. Over 125,000 birthday cards have already been received at the school. I bet there will be plenty more or should I say Moore!! Certainly a good show for the hero of Coronavirus. Happy birthday from us here at Banana Crumble.

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We are all obsessed….

We are all obsessed with Captain Tom Moore and his sponsored walk. What is the first thing that you look at in the morning and then the last thing you look at when you go to bed? I thought it was just me but every person I have spoken to say they look at the amazing amount of money that has been raised and then check it again the following day to check the amount and are literally astounded at the rate at which the money is still going up. On Thursday the total was an amazing £12 million pounds and now today, Saturday it has topped the £21 million pound mark.

No one could ever have thought, that what started as a family challenge literally turned into something that has united the whole country. Every news programme and everybody that you talk to mentions Captain Tom. Certainly caught the nation’s mood and it is fantastic that this unification of people from all walks of life, political parties, different countries and cultures are all joining together. This is just the type of story that brings hope and in his words “tomorrow will be a good day”. Thanks Captain Tom!!

This morning it was announced that Michale Ball, along with Captain Tom and members of the NHS have released a charity version of the famous anthem “You Will Never Walk Alone”. If Captain Tom reaches number one this week then it would mean that on his 100th birthday he will be Top of the Charts. I am sure that when at the end of the month Captain Tom reaches his 100th birthday it will really give the nation something to celebrate and to be number one as well. Would that make him a record breaker ? To be able to download this piece of history click here.

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Captain Incredible passes the £12 million mark…

Earlier in the week we featured Captain Tom Moore who was doing a sponsored walk to raise funds for the NHS. This was a sponsored walk like no other. Captain Tom is 99 and he wanted to complete 100 laps of his garden before he reached his 100th birthday at the end of the month. He started off as we reported earlier saying he hoped to raise £10,000. His challenge has literally taken off and whilst I was researching the amount kept going up and going up and within hours he had reached a massive £1.3 million. This was the total as our article went live on the 14th April. Roll forward a few days and we thought we just had to share how much this sponsored walk has literally grabbed the nation. It is now 16th April as we are writing this and the total currently stands at over £12 million.

This is absolutely extraordinary and an amount that surely no-one could have ever dreamt of. We wonder how Captain Tom must feel at literally taking the nation with him on a journey that has summed up the courage, determination and camaraderie of the country. He is a beacon of light in dark times. What is even more remarkable is that he completed his 100 garden laps this morning but has said that whist people are still donating he will keep walking. What will the total eventually be ? Congratulations Captain Tom from all of us here and the whole nation!!

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Captain Marvel …

At the moment it seems that the whole of the news is taken up with sad stories about Coronavirus and then suddenly a story that is such a positive and inspirational one jumps out and deserves special mention.

Captain Tom Moore is 99 and decided that after treatment for cancer and a broken hip that he would like to repay the NHS. Tom is almost 100 and had planned to do 100 circuits of his garden using his walker to try and raise some funds for the NHS. He started with a relatively small amount of money and then after being interviewed on the television his appeal caught the hearts of the nation. He had to revise his total again and again and the target is currently £500,000 which is so many times his original target. We have been inspired by the story and seeing what an inspiration Captain Tom has been when talking about his event. His catch phase “Tomorrow will be a good day” has been heard many times.

I wanted to find the link for the Just Giving page as part of my research into the story and when I logged in a few minutes ago the amount of money raised was over £1,100.000 and each time I looked the total was going up. We have been inspired not only to help raise funds for the NHS but by the story of positivity and inspiration from Captain Tom. He wanted to achieve his target by the time he reached 100 at the end of the month but he has absolutely done that and more. Congratulation to Captain Tom with helping to inspire the nation. To see Captain Tom’s Just Giving Page click here to see his current total. We have been inspired to sponsor him and certainly think this story fits in with our good news and positive, inspirational ethos that we use.

By the time I have finished the amount raised is over £1.3 million !!! So many people have been inspired.

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