PR company’s delight at role in Captain Tom’s legacy

Benjie Ingram Moore with his grandfather Captain Tom Moore

Benjie Ingram Moore showing his grandfather Captain Tom Moore a photo of Bedford School's Great Hall filled with cards - Credit: Squareshot Photography/Prominent PR

A Suffolk PR firm has been contracted by the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore to inspire millions of UK schoolchildren to take part in a challenge to mark what would have been his 101st birthday.

Felixstowe-based Prominent was approached by Hannah Ingram-Moore, the daughter of the Second World War veteran who raised more than £32m for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

The firm will now deliver the education focus of the Captain Tom 100 challenge – urging young people in primary and secondary schools to create their own challenge themed around the number 100 to raise money for the Captain Tom Foundation or a charity of their choice.

Prominent boss Helen Rudd said: “It is a huge privilege for our team to have been picked to develop and run the strategy for schools and we strongly believe that children will be key to making an incredible impact with this campaign.

“This is a fabulous, inclusive event that allows people to take on 100 challenges of their choosing – from building 100 sandcastles to baking 100 cakes and doing 100 star jumps to pushing yourself to learn 100 poems word-for-word.”

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Prominent previously worked with the family in supporting communications surrounding Captain Sir Tom’s 100th birthday and managed a display of millions of cards in Bedford School’s Great Hall in April 2020.

“Our role this time around will involve working with thousands of schools across the country – and many more abroad,” said Mrs Rudd. “There are a number of surprises in store for schools that take part – all of which we are diligently working on developing behind the scenes. We are set to see a number of famous faces joining us to encourage children to get stuck in.”

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Those taking part will be asked to take on their challenge between Friday, April 30, and the Bank Holiday Monday on May 3.

Ms Ingram-Moore said the family was still grieving following the captain’s death but are “propelled forward by hope”. “I really hope people see this for what it is, which is an absolute chance to bring joy, put money back into charities and support the Captain Tom Foundation, which after all is the legacy of hope that he’s left us behind,” she said.

She added: “We want people to go crazy and create their own 100 – a challenge around the number 100. Because he was 100 and he was so proud to be 100.”

Sir Tom knew before he died that a 101st birthday celebration was being planned for him and that this was to be an inclusive event, Ms Ingram-Moore said. “I really regret that he’s not here to share it as I think he would just love it,” she said.

Prominent is joined by London Marathon Events and supported by the Mass Participation Sports Organisers (MSO), adam&eve, LiveWire Sport and Studio Republic to bring the campaign to fruition.

To take part – or for more information on the event – click here

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