Thank you Captain Sir Tom - look how he inspired the North East to do great things

Captain Sir Tom Moore has left a wonderful legacy of inspiration across the North East.

Wednesday, 3rd February 2021, 1:41 pm

The people of Wearside, South Tyneside, Hartlepool and Northumberland ran, walked, knitted and painted for charity and every one of them was spurred on by the man who raised £33million for the NHS

With his message of positivity, he motivated a nation and the North East was no exception. Today, we look at the influence he had on us all.

In Sunderland, people took the message of Captain Sir Tom to their hearts.

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Captain Sir Tom Moore has left a wonderful legacy of inspiration across the North East.

Who can forget the fantastic fundraising of Sunderland youngster Jack Berry, 13, who set a target of walking 100,000 steps with his cousin Maisie Jones, 8, early in the pandemic.

Just as creative was Sunderland dance teacher Lucie Webster who made a knitted Captain Tom.

Sunderland youngster Jack Berry, 13, who set a target of walking 100,000 steps with his cousin Maisie Jones, 8, early in the pandemic.

In Hartlepool, the town embraced the spirit of warmth and helping others.

He raised more than 7,000 after originally setting a £500 target and said Captain Tom had been his inspiration.

Andy Parkin who created a striking acrylic artwork of the war hero doing his laps.

In July 2020, 400 decorated stones were created by artistic villagers in Hart.

They were given a permanent home by being set in concrete within the grounds of Hart Primary School.

A little girl facing her own health battle took time to say happy birthday to Captain Sir Tom in April 2020.

Lucie Webster who made a knitted Captain Tom. Lucie placed knitted bears in her window to recognise the heroes of the coronavirus crisis.

Lyla O’Donovan, 7, whose dad Paul is from Hartlepool, has undergone life-threatening surgery, battled meningitis, been treated for hydrocephalus and had a shunt put into her head.

Also in Hartlepool, the effect of Captain Sir Tom’s fundraising was felt.

The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust set up recharge hubs called Rainbow Rooms in the University Hospital of North Tees and University Hospital of Hartlepool. It’s a place where staff can go for a well-earned rest and the money came from the NHS Charities Grants, including some from Captain Sir Tom’s epic walk.

In Northumberland, Belford’s own Fred Sharples took inspiration from ‘Captain Tom,’ when he completed his own garden walk.

Liam Lewis, the Hartlepool firefighter who ran 19 miles for charity in his full kit to raise money for Minds For Men, the mental health arm of the town charity Miles For Men.

All this happened in the North East thanks to Captain Sir Tom. We salute him.

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Becky Harrington and son Tommy aged three (front) at the Pebble Path of Hope in Hart Village.
Lyla O'Donovan who is battling a brain tumour but still sent a birthday video to Captain Sir Tom.
Belford’s own Fred Sharples took inspiration from ‘Captain Tom,’ when he completed his own garden walk in 2020.