HARP Invites Local People to join the Captain Tom 100 in support of Southend’s homeless

HARP Invites Local People to join the Captain Tom 100 in support of Southend’s homeless

HARP, Southend’s homeless charity, are backing the Captain Tom 100 and inviting local people to take part in solidarity with people experiencing homelessness in the community.

The Captain Tom 100 invites people to take on a challenge around the number 100 anytime and anywhere over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend, Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May.

Captain Tom Moore, who famously raised £38.9 million for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his garden during the first lockdown, would have turned 101 on 30th April 2021. The Captain Tom Foundation, which has been set up in his name, has opened up this challenge to allow other charities to raise vital funds in celebration of his birthday. HARP is inviting people to take on the challenge in solidarity with local people facing homelessness.

Dina Jobson, HARP’s Head of Fundraising, said: “Captain Tom inspired hope at a time when we needed it most, so we are grateful to be able to offer people the opportunity to honour his memory in this way. By doing the Captain Tom Moore Challenge in support of HARP, you’ll be bringing hope to local people facing homelessness in Southend at their greatest hour of need, so we look forward to as many people as possible taking part in this fun event.”

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!”

HARP supports around 1,200 people each year who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and houses over 220 formerly homeless people every night.

You can find all the details of how to do the Captain Tom 100 for HARP and sign up at www.harpsouthend.org.uk/100

Jamie Langstone