Colour in this picture of Captain Tom, cheerfully walking his 100 laps to raise money for NHS charities.
Captain Sir Thomas Moore (1920 - 2021), more popularly known simply as Captain Tom, became known worldwide for his extraordinary achievements raising money for charities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On 6th April 2020, at the grand old age of 99, Captain Tom started to walk around his garden to raise money for NHS Charities Together. He aimed to walk 100 laps of the garden by his 100th birthday on 30th April, to raise £1,000. He raised £1,000 - and much, much more! In fact, by his 100th birthday just 24 days later, Captain Tom had raised an astounding £30 million!
"Tomorrow will be a good day."
Captain Tom's motto
Captain Tom won all our hearts with his brave efforts, and we celebrated his 100th birthday by sending him over 150,000 birthday cards, including a special one from the Queen! A month later, Captain Tom travelled to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen and receive a knighthood, and he has received many other awards in recognition of his achievement.
- Did you know that Captain Tom holds two Guinness World Records? The first is for raising the most amount of money ever from an individual charity walk, and the second is for being the oldest person to have a number one single (with Michael Ball) on the UK charts!
- At least two buses, a train, a model train, a rescue powerboat and a police puppy have all been named after Captain Tom!
- Captain Tom was awarded the prestigious gold Blue Peter badge. Very few are awarded to adults. Other adult recipients have been the Queen, Sir David Attenborough and Mary Berry.
You can read more about Captain Tom and donate to the charities he supported through The Captain Tom Foundation.
Captain Tom, aged 99, walked 100 laps around his garden to raise money for NHS charities, and by doing so lifted the spirits of the nation during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic. What a true hero he was.
Fill the boxes on this worksheet with descriptive words - describing Captain Tom and his incredible achievements.
Perhaps the children can use this writing page to put down their thoughts about what Captain Tom did for the country, copy his famous motto, or perhaps write a tribute to this inspiring old man.