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Lockdown hero Captain Sir Tom Moore receives Rotary recognition

Lockdown hero Captain Sir Tom Moore receives Rotary recognition

Captain Sir Tom Moore has been recognised by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland with a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his fundraising efforts. Plus, his daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, will be an upcoming guest on Rotary GB&I’s togetherTalks series.

Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old war veteran whose record-breaking fundraising efforts captured the nation’s hearts has received notable recognition from Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.

Captain Sir Tom has been recognised with a Paul Harris Fellowship. This honour, named after Rotary’s founder, recognises those who have made substantial contributions to society, humanitarian efforts and charitable works.

The recognition which has been championed by Flitwick Vale Rotary Club, who are based close to Captain Sir Tom’s home in Bedfordshire, was given during a virtual ceremony held over Zoom.

On receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship, a family spokesperson said; “We’ve loved seeing the success and achievement of other fundraisers, young and old, who have been inspired by Captain Sir Tom’s walk.

“The support and togetherness that communities are showing across the country, including by Rotary clubs and volunteers, in such challenging circumstances is really heart-warming.”

Captain Sir Tom, who aimed to raise £1,000 in aid of NHS Charities Together in the weeks leading up to his 100th birthday by walking laps of his garden, ended up raising more than £32 million.

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Captain Tom, pictured here completing his challenge on his 100th birthday, raised over £33 million by walking laps of his garden.

His positive spirit and determination during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, have been an inspiration for so many across the country and around the world.

As part of the virtual ceremony, Captain Sir Tom revealed he had been a part of a Rotary earlier in his life and had in fact been a member of March Rotary Club in Cambridgeshire.

David Straughan, President of Flitwick Vale Rotary Club commented; “Rotary’s values are all about going above and beyond to support those who need it most. Our motto is ‘Service Above Self’ and no one has personified that quite like Captain Sir Tom. As his local club we were extremely keen to recognise his achievements.”

The support and togetherness that communities are showing across the country is really heart-warming.”

His efforts have led to a knighthood, two Guinness World Records and a number-one charity single.

Donna Wallbank, President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, who helped present the recognition over video call, added; “On behalf of Rotary volunteers across the country, I want to say an enormous congratulations to Captain Sir Tom for everything he has achieved!

“At Rotary we pride ourselves on making a difference and are proud to acknowledge people who do the same.”

Rotary clubs around the country have been involved in hundreds of projects to support their local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has ranged from providing local foodbanks with donations, engaging local school pupils with online competitions, to offering essential items and support to key workers.

Watch the full Zoom presentation on our YouTube channel.

Captain Sir Tom and daughter, Hannah, to join togetherTalks

We are delighted that Hannah Ingram-Moore, daughter of Captain Sir Tom, will be joining us live on togetherTalks on Tuesday 28th July!

Here, Hannah will talk about Captain Sir Tom’s fundraising efforts and reveal details of the Captain Tom Foundation which is being established. Plus we’ll also be sharing a pre-recorded interview with lockdown hero Captain Sir Tom himself!

togetherTalks is a weekly online event series, launched by Rotary GB&I in May, to bring inspirational speakers in to your home, and giving you the chance to put your questions to them.

You can either join the Zoom Room and have front row seats to the discussion, or watch the live stream on the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland YouTube channel.

Register through our Eventbrite page to submit your questions and receive event reminders to access the stream as soon as it is live!

Register for free tickets

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Hannah Ingram-Moore, daughter of Captain Tom, will join togetherTalks live, which will also feature a pre-recorded interview with Captain Tom himself.