Abbeyfield residents take part in Captain Tom 100
Residents of Abbeyfield took on a range of challenges to ‘Get to 100’ as part of the Captain Tom 100 campaign last weekend (30th April – 3rd May 2021).
Created and organised by The Captain Tom Foundation, Captain Tom 100 is a challenge where everyone is invited to take on an activity or task themed around the number 100 - anytime and anywhere over what would have been Captain Tom's 101st birthday weekend.
People were encouraged to take on anything they like – from walking 100 metres to baking 100 cakes or writing 100 letters – as long as it was based on the number 100. Challenges took place across Abbeyfield from Friday 30th April and Monday 3rd May.
What inspired Captain Tom 100?
On 6 April 2020, Captain Tom Moore set out round his garden to thank frontline workers and raise money for the NHS. One hundred laps later, he’d raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal.
His simple message of hope – “Tomorrow will be a good day” – inspired millions around the world and brought comfort and joy to so many during the pandemic. Captain Tom 100 was inspired by the idea that others can build on his legacy, ensuring it lives on. Taking on such challenges also helps to inspire the next generation of Captain Toms!
Far and wide, people shared their photos of their 100 challenges using the hashtag #CaptainTom100. There were some truly amazing and inspiring challenges – and some more humorous ones; like Dame Judi Dench’s 100 maltesers challenge, yum!
(Photo shows residents of speedwell court who baked 100 cakes and hit 100 golf balls)
How Abbeyfield residents got involved
At Abbeyfield, we asked our residents to choose their own way to ‘Get to 100’ as part of the Captain Tom 100. From planting 100 seeds, to walking 100 steps – our residents got stuck in any way they the felt was right for them.
We’ve collected a few snaps from some of the amazing challenges Abbeyfield residents took on!
Residents of Downing House placed 100 handprints on a sheet to mark and remember the occasion
Residents of Bradbury House residential care home planted 100 flowers
Residents of Speedwell Court also cycled 100km on their Motitech bikes enjoying virtual tours around Southampton.
Delda, resident of The Limes, took full inspiration from Captain Tom himself by doing 100 laps of the house.
Residents of dementia-friendly care home Westfield House in Loughborough, walked and wheeled 100 steps.
Speedwell Court residents decorated 100 cakes – yum!
Residents of The Cove, Abbeyfield Silverdale Society, achieved a fantastic 100 laps of the garden.
Dementia-friendly care home Speedwell Court hit 100 golf balls.
Resident of The Firs Complex, Pam planted 100 seeds – sunflower seeds, swan river daisy mixed seeds and linaria.
Halcyon House found a fun way to get involved by knocking 100 skittles over.
The Firs nursing home residents decorated a heart with 100 pompoms in The Captain Tom Foundation's orange.
We’d like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part in Captain Tom 100!