Fight for Sight urges supporters to take on the Captain Tom 100

09 April 21

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Róisín Treacy

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A picture of Captain Tom giving the thumbs up to the camera. Text reads Captain Tom 100 Do it your way.

Fight for Sight is calling on its supporters to take on the Captain Tom 100 over the May bank holiday weekend to celebrate Captain Sir Tom Moore’s life and raise money for eye research. 

The Captain Tom 100 is a fundraising event set up by Captain Sir Tom’s family following his death in February, to celebrate his life.

Fight for Sight, like many other charities, has been hugely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events. Captain Tom 100 offers Fight for Sight supporters, of all ages and abilities, the opportunity to raise crucial funds for eye research, while celebrating Captain Tom’s achievements.

How it works

To get involved all participants need to do is dream up a Captain Tom 100 challenge based around the number 100 and do it at any time and anywhere over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend – starting on Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May.

The challenge could be walking 100 steps or running 100 metres, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes, climbing 100 stairs, hopping 100 laps of the garden, building 100 sandcastles, writing a 100-word poem – anything at all, inside or out. 

Once supporters have chosen their challenge, they can fundraise or donate to Fight for Sight and share their 100 on social media, using #CaptainTom100.

Captain Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said: “We are so grateful for the incredible support we have received since my father started his record-breaking fundraising walk and that his message of hope was shared with the world. Captain Tom was very proud to be able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation. We know he would love the idea of inviting everyone to get involved and share their Captain Tom 100 so that together we can ensure ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’. We look forward to celebrating with you on what would have been his 101st birthday weekend – it’s going to be fun!”

Interim Chief Executive of Fight for Sight, Ikram Dahman, said: “We are encouraging all our wonderful supporters to take part in the Captain Tom 100 over the May bank holiday weekend and celebrate Captain Tom’s generosity of spirit, while raising money for eye research. Eye research was already a hugely underfunded area and this has only been made worse during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s thanks to our fantastic supporters’ fundraising efforts that we are able to continue the fight against sight loss and create a world everyone can see.”

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