Captain Tom’s fundraising legacy has been given a boost with his foundation being chosen as Bedford School’s charity of the year.
The school and Captain Sir Tom already have a good relationship as the local legend’s grandson Benjie Ingram-Moore, is a pupil there.
The newly formed Captain Tom Foundation has four goals, to combat loneliness, support those facing bereavement, champion education and equality, and support friends overseas.
Susie Spyropoulos, Head of Charities at Bedford School, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be supporting the Captain Tom Foundation throughout the current academic year.
“It was the natural step for us to take to continue the inspirational work that Captain Sir Tom and his family have undertaken in such a short space of time and inspire hope when it was needed the most.”
Captain Sir Tom captured the hearts of the nation earlier this year after pledging to walk 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday.
He had planned to raise “a few quid” but received nearly £39million in donations for the NHS.
In April, Bedford School offered to act as his sorting office, after thousands of birthday cards were sent for his 100th birthday.
Each card was displayed in the great hall with more than 100 pupils, parents, staff and former pupils volunteered to open envelopes and separate gifts, cheques and donations.
“We are keen to work with the Ingram-Moore family and the Foundation to raise as much money as we can for their charity partners; The Royal British Legion, Mind, Helen & Douglas House and Willen Hospice,” added Susie
“Our pupils have a long and proud tradition of working hard and undertaking various activities for charity.
“We recently held a Mufti Day in school, raising £537 for the Captain Tom Foundation and £1,612 in total.
“The school as a whole usually raises somewhere in the region of £30,000 over the course of the school year, and although we are faced with COVID related challenges, the boys are getting creative and coming up with new ways of raising money,” she said.
“We are absolutely delighted to be one of the chosen charities for Bedford School’s fundraising,” said Hannah Ingram-Moore of the Captain Tom Foundation, said:
“We are passionate and committed to continuing the legacy of my father.
“The mission of the foundation is for a more hopeful world and we will be supporting causes that are close to our hearts.
“We thank Bedford School for choosing to support us on this mission.”
Bedford School will also support St John’s Hospice, the Red Cross, Bedford Foodbank and Movember this term.