Captain Tom of Bedford launches foundation to create lasting legacy

NHS hero said hospice in Milton Keynes will be one of the first charities to benefit

By Clare Turner
Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 3:50 pm

Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family have revealed Willen Hospice will be one of four charities to benefit from their new charitable foundation.

The foundation has been set up following Captain Sir Tom’s record-breaking lockdown effort, which raised £38.9million for NHS Charities.

And it will focus on causes close to the hearts of Tom and his family: combating loneliness; supporting people facing bereavement; championing education and equality; and supporting friends overseas.

Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family at the Captain Tom Foundation launch

Hospice chief executive, Peta Wilkinson, said at the launch: “We are thrilled to be working with the Captain Tom Foundation. Everyone at our charity was truly inspired by his phenomenal fundraising effort in the summer, which took place so locally to us. To be part of his foundation is an honour and a pleasure.

“As well as a local connection, we share common values with Tom and his family. Like them, we are committed to giving hope, supporting people facing bereavement, educating people in end of life care and how to live well with a terminal diagnosis. We thank them for choosing to partner with us.”

Captain Sir Tom, of Marston Moretaine, said: “I never dreamt that this could happen. The overwhelming generosity of people, during a period of darkness, has shown the resilience and caring people are capable of during a time when there was anguish and instability.

“After all that we have achieved over the last few months, and with the world still in recovery, it made sense to us to create a legacy. To raise money and push towards our vision of a more hopeful world. So, together with my family, we have created The Captain Tom Foundation.”

Find out more about the Captain Tom Foundation here

Helen and Douglas House Hospice in Oxfordshire, along with national charities Mind and the Royal British Legion are the other charities to benefit.