Captain Sir Tom Moore’s daughter has said she will find this weekend’s major fundraising drive in his honour “ridiculously emotional”.
Hannah Ingram-Moore and the family of the late veteran have organised the Captain Tom 100 challenge which is launching today on what would have been his 101st birthday.
Mr Beckham has vowed to do 100 keepy-uppies, Dame Judi will eat 100 chocolates and Ms Berry is baking 100 cakes.
Money raised can be donated to the Captain Tom Foundation or to another charity.
Ms Ingram-Moore said members of the public had already agreed to do “amazing and sometimes hilarious” challenges, with one school running 100 miles between all of its pupils and another group knitting 100 hats for a neonatal unit.
Speaking to the Standard, Ms Ingram-Moore - who lives in Bedfordshire - said the weekend would be difficult for the grieving family, who lost Sir Captain Tom earlier this year.
“It’s going to be ridiculously emotional,” she said. “I hear him and I see him every day. He has become a global icon of hope.
“He would be laughing his sides sore at the ridiculous things people are doing. He would be so grateful and thankful to everyone for taking part. He would be saying thank you and he would be having a lot of fun with it and he would be walking up and down the garden. We shared my father, and he was willingly shared. As a family we have shared ourselves in that we have become the representation of hope in his name.”
On Friday morning the family went to Lord’s Cricket Ground to ring its famous bell to officially launch the Captain Tom 100 challenge.
Captain Tom was a big cricket fan, with his daughter saying he would have “loved” to have attended.
“I know I am going to cry a lot,” she said. “But it’s going to be happy and joyful. We never stop and we do everything for him.”
Captain Tom died on February 2 in Beford Hospital after contracting Covid.
His family said today he was desperate to get better from his illness as he wanted to carry on fundraising.
Ms Ingram-Moore said: “He wanted to spark support for the charity sector and give people joy and hope. Even in the hospital, he was saying to the nurses: ‘I have to get out as I have fundraising to do for my birthday. I have to get out.’
“He was determined to get out. And do that walk again. The whole idea [Of Captain Tom 100] was started around inclusivity. Whoever you are, pick up the number 100 and raise money for the Captain Tom Foundation or a charity of your choice.
“Most of all - he had that twinkle in his eye - he wanted people to have fun. The gift that he left us, it’s not just mine or my families, the gift of hope was a lasting legacy for all of us. It belongs to all of us.”
The Captain Tom 100 is organised by The Captain Tom Foundation with London Marathon Events.
For more information onCaptain Tom 100, visitwww.captaintom100.com.