Great-grandad, 103, follows in Captain Sir Tom's steps to raise money for NHS

A great-grandad, 103, is following in the steps of Captain Sir Tom Moore by walking laps of the garden of his care home to raise money for a local hospice.

Tom Jones – ‘not the singer’ – has been racking up the miles to thank NHS staff after getting both Covid vaccine doses in January.

He initially aimed to raise £103 after his birthday on Tuesday – but his GoFundMe campaign has generated more than £2,600 for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.

The centenarian was inspired by national treasure Captain Sir Tom, who raised an incredible £32.7 million before passing away this month.

Mr Jones is seen looking fabulous as he sips a cocktail in a stripped tuxedo in pictures on his campaign page.

The ‘fit and healthy’ Groveland Park care home resident is a ‘big character’ who is loved by all.

He said: ‘I was so happy that I can help in a way. I wanted to highlight the NHS, the care home and the GPs. I did 1.44 miles on Wednesday and that’s not bad for 103.’



Groveland Park care home manager Nicola Ireland has described Mr Jones as someone who always makes the most out of life.

She told PA: ‘He’s incredible. He’s amazing, he’s really on the ball. For a gentleman that’s 103 he’s very fit, he’s very knowledgeable, he’s got full capacity. He just lives life to the full.

‘He did say he would like to do 1,000 (laps) and we sort of said ‘Tom you’re 103’ but who knows? Tom does what he wants to do, he’s a big character.’

It comes after another centenarian raised nearly £230,000 for victims of Covid while fasting for Ramadan.

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