Round Tablers follow in Sir Tom's footsteps to raise cash for charity
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Members of Ilfracombe Round Table ran 100 consecutive miles in honour of 100-year-old Captain Sir Tom Moore.
The effort was part of the ‘Captain Tom 100 Challenge’, launched by the family of the WWII veteran who sadly died earlier this year after becoming a national hero by completing 100 laps of his nursing home garden to raise millions for NHS charities.
“The whole country was inspired by Captain Tom’s heroic efforts, and we were proud to learn that he himself was a member of Round Table in his younger days, so this was a challenge we were keen to do in his memory,” said Simon Robilliard, local teacher and Chairman of Ilfracombe Round Table.
Simon describes the Round Table as 'a group of bright young men who want to make a difference in their community and have fun while doing it.'.
The challenge certainly ticked those boxes, as £1,650 was raised for local worthy causes, by members who ran non-stop on a treadmill outside Ilfracombe Tesco.
Simon said: “We took it turns, with each member doing between an hour and two hours at a time. It’s safe to say none of us did any training and it was quite a challenge to keep going for that length of time! But it was also great fun and we received amazing support from local people, who donated generously and kept our spirits up throughout.”
Simon added: "Recently we have supported a wide range of projects which really make a difference in the town. We’ve helped the local food bank to give Easter eggs to needy families, provided Christmas dinners to local homeless people and funded children’s reading projects at Ilfracombe library. Every pound raised through our recent treadmill challenge will go right back into the community, so we want to thank everyone who made it possible, especially Ilfracombe Tesco for kindly hosting us.”
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He said that any individual, charity or community group is able to apply for funding from the Round Table. “We would love to hear from anyone who has a project we could support.”
For more information visit facebook.com/IlfracombeRoundTable or call Community Service Officer, Tom Martin Jeffrey, on 07538 512513.