Everyone – of all ages and abilities – is invited to take on a challenge around the number 100 any time and anywhere over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend, starting on Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May.
That 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, flipping 100 pancakes – anything at all, inside or outside.
Carmela’s 100-day challenge
With inspiration from Captain Tom, Carmela Chillery-Watson has been taking on her own 100 challenge over the last few months. The seven-year-old, who has a rare muscle-wasting condition called LMNA-congenital muscular dystrophy, needs to do physical therapy exercises every day to help reduce joint and muscle pain, and discomfort. The exercises will also help her stay mobile for as long as possible.
Carmela’s mum, Lucy, said:
Carmela only learnt about Captain Tom and his amazing fundraising this year – as she kept away from the news about the pandemic last year. But when she learnt about his amazing efforts and knighthood; it was his grit and determination that shone through and struck a chord with Carmela’s own challenges with her condition. Captain Tom’s 100 laps around his garden inspired Carmela to take on a 100-day challenge of her own. She was thrilled when the Captain Tom Foundation reached out to her yesterday, and said: “Incredible work! Wishing you the best of luck, we know you’ll do amazing.”
Carmela and her mum Lucy came up with this unique 100-day fundraising challenge to help keep her daily physio different, fun and motivating, and to get others involved. In Carmela’s Stand Up To Muscular Dystrophy, they’ve been sharing a daily video on their social media channels, with a different, gentle physical therapy exercise every day, for the last three and a half months. They’ve been inviting others to join in too, and make a donation in return.
If you’d like to join them, there’s still time to support her as she reaches her 100 days on Sunday 11 April. Find out more at Carmela’s registered charity page here.
Dan McNally, Head of Regional Development at MDUK, said:
We’re proud to be honouring Captain Tom by joining in this incredible national fundraising challenge for MDUK. Captain Tom helped show us that no matter your age or ability, you can make a huge impact. I think the #CaptainTom100 concept will inspire a new generation of fundraisers like Carmela, and we can’t wait to see what fundraising challenges our Family Funds and other supporters take on.”
It’s so simple. All you need to do is dream up your Captain Tom 100, fundraise or donate to MDUK, and share your 100 on social media, using #CaptainTom100.