Captain Tom and Frank Mills
On the 6 of April 2020, Thomas Moore, also known as Captain Tom, wanted to raise money for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic to show his appreciation for all the care he received from the NHS. He hoped to raise £10 per lap and do a total of 100 laps around his back garden to raise a total of £1,000 before his 100th birthday on the 30 April. His effort became so popular that he ended up raising over £32,000,000!
Captain Tom also inspired many others to start their own fund raising. One of them was a six-year-old boy named Frank Mills, who has difficulty walking. He initially wanted to raise £99 to honour Captain Tom’s age, but so many people loved his trememdous effort that Frank was able to raise more than £280,000!
I do not have a lot of money, but I still wanted to do my part in helping them raise it. I donated £25 to Captain Tom’s charity and another £25 to Frank Mill’s charity.
Captain Tom was 99 years old and Frank Mills was only six when they decided to start doing something for our wonderful NHS workers. Their examples teach us that we all can make a difference no matter how old we are or what difficulties we may have. They needed walking frames to walk and may have seemed weak to some people, but that did not scare them from making an effort.
We also must not let our weakness stop us from trying to do good things.
We can also help in lots of other ways. My grandmother, who is 83 years old, lives with us. When my mum was self-isolating in her bedroom, I made sure my grandmother was not feeling very lonely. Then when I was very poorly for almost a month, I had to be very strict to stay far away from her.
Now that I am all better, I am trying to give her lots of hugs and spending time with her to make sure she is not too worried about Covid-19.