Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family visit Bedford's Brewpoint to celebrate his legacy

Everyone was invited to take on a challenge around the number 100 anytime and anywhere over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 3:29 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 3:32 pm

Two Bedford families collaborate to celebrate Captain Sir Tom Moore’s legacy and continue his inspiring fundraising.

Few will be unaware of the incredible fundraising efforts of army veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore to raise vital funds for the NHS when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK last year.

On 6 April 2020, Captain Sir Tom set out round his garden to thank our NHS heroes. One hundred laps later, he’d raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal.

The Captain Tom Foundation visits Bedford's Brewpoint

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.

Friday, April 30, would have been Captain Sir Tom’s 101st birthday, and his family has marked the occasion by collaborating with its friends in Bedford's fifth-generation brewing family Wells & Co. to continue his fundraising work as part of the Captain Tom 100 appeal.

With its new home, Brewpoint, trading strongly since hospitality got the go-ahead to reopen in April, Wells & Co. took the opportunity to add a bespoke ‘100 Pizza’ and ‘100 Burger’ to the menu for Captain Sir Tom's birthday weekend, with £1 from every dish sold going directly to The Captain Tom Foundation.

Members of Captain Sir Tom’s family visited Brewpoint on Sunday, May 2, to sample the dishes for themselves.

The Captain Tom Foundation visits Bedford's Brewpoint

Hannah Ingram-Moore, Captain Sir Tom’s daughter, reflected on the occasion: “We have been overwhelmed by the response we received to the Captain Tom 100 fundraiser.

"My father lived in Bedfordshire with us for 13 years and would be so very grateful for the amount of local support we have received and delighted to live close to so many fantastic people and companies.

"We can’t thank everyone enough for helping us turn what could have felt quite a sombre, reflective weekend into something so positive, joyful and inspiring.

"We feel that my father’s lasting legacy of hope is in safe hands with a whole new generation of Captain Toms wanting to fly that flag of hope.”

A number of Wells & Co. pubs in the region also participated and a total of almost £600 was raised across its estate as a result – a sum Wells & Co. itself then matched, bringing the total contribution to £1200.

Peter Wells, Group Manager Director for Wells & Co., added: “It was our absolute pleasure to both host Captain Sir Tom’s family for lunch at our new home, Brewpoint, and to support their impressive fundraising efforts via the dishes we created to mark the occasion.

"As a fifth-generation Bedford family business it was an honour for us to be able to celebrate one of our county’s most celebrated residents in this way, and we’re excited to continue working with his family as The Captain Tom Foundation goes from strength to strength.”