Last year Captain Tom united the nation as he took on 100 laps of his garden for charity. Captain Tom set out to walk 100 laps of his garden aiming to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together. One hundred laps later, having stirred the imagination of not only the British public but much of the world, he’d raised an incredible £38.9 million from over 160 countries.
Captain Tom was knighted for his fundraising exploits but sadly, he passed away earlier this year aged 100. Now the Captain Tom Foundation is calling on us all to think up our own 100 challenge, It can be anything – from walking 100 metres to baking 100 cakes or writing 100 letters.
Williams Racing based at Grove near Wantage has stepped up to the challenge. Over the course of the Portuguese Grand Prix weekend the team will aim to complete 100 pitstops over the course of three days with both the trackside team in Portimão and staff at the factory in Grove contributing.
Williams will be doing this to raise awareness and maximise fundraising for the work of the team’s Official Charity, Spinal Injuries Association (SIA). SIA provides information, advice and support to the 50,000 people living with spinal cord injury in the UK and is currently supporting Martin Hibbert, a Manchester Arena Attack survivor and SIA trustee, who was severely injured in the bomb explosion. Martin is preparing to climb Kilimanjaro to prove that, no matter their situation or circumstance, anyone can live a life of their choosing. The fundraising efforts for this SIA-funded project, Martin’s Mountain, draws a parallel to the Captain Tom 100 challenge, whereby both focus on the importance of motivation and self-improvement.
Jost Capito, CEO of Williams Racing, said: “Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired millions around the world, with his simple message of hope, “Tomorrow will be a good day” and brought comfort and joy to so many around the world during the pandemic. It has been a challenging time for everyone and still is, and we want to take this opportunity to do something in his memory, whilst also raising money for a very worthy cause. As a team, we take great pride in our pitstops, so this is a great challenge for the team both trackside and at the factory to come together to accomplish, and we’re looking forward to it.”