STAFF at Sedgemoor Crematorium are honouring pandemic hero Captain Sir Tom Moore by raising money in his memory on what would have been his 101st birthday on April 30.
Westerleigh Group, who own the crematorium, are challenging staff at their 35 sites nationwide, to come up with creative ways of supporting the Captain Tom Foundation.
The group has also set up a Just Giving page and is inviting anyone from the communities served by them to pay their own tribute to Sir Tom by donating, perhaps in memory of their own loved ones.
The team at Sedgemoor Crematorium is going to walk 101 laps of their site, a total distance of more than 50 miles, as their contribution towards the fund-raising effort.
Site manager Laura Williams said: “We’ll be doing it in a variety of ways throughout each working day from Monday, April 26. Some laps will be one person at a time, due to business and demands, and as and when time allows we will walk in pairs or groups.
“We plan to all walk lap 101 together as a team, and we’d like to raise £101.”
She added: “We really want to remember and honour Captain Tom, a man who brought a smile and hope to so many people, and to support the Foundation and help his legacy live on.”
Captain Sir Tom Moore captured the hearts of the nation during the Coronavirus pandemic when he raised £38.9m for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden before his 100th birthday.
He also had a number one hit UK single, with a new version of You’ll Never Walk Alone, which he recorded with Michael Ball.
His efforts also earned him two Guinness World Records, for raising the most amount of money in an individual charity walk and being the oldest person to top the UK singles charts.
Last year he was knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle. He died on February 2 this year at Bedford Hospital after being treated for pneumonia and then testing positive for Covid-19.
The Captain Tom Foundation was launched in May 2020 to ensure his inspiring message of hope, and that “tomorrow will be a good day”, becomes a lasting legacy.
Laura added: “The Captain Tom Foundation raises money for charities and organisations which were close to his heart, including several which support people, and their families, with life limiting illnesses and who are facing or coping with bereavement.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so through Westerleigh Group’s Just Giving page, mentioning Sedgemoor Crematorium in their donation message. The page can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/westerleigh-group