Captain Tom Moore’s mission to raise millions for charity has inspired so many other lockdown challenges.
We’ve seen a man hiking Machu Picchu inside his home, a young boy running his own isolated marathon, and the creation of the 5k challenge. One granddad has come up with a rather unusual way to join the cause.
Alan Harper, 76, is raising money for charity Richmond’s Hope, which supports bereaved children, by walking around his garden dressed as a gnome.
The grandfather-of-one has the nickname of Gnomey, so this does actually make some sense.
He’s not allowed to leave his house or garden as he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which means he’s especially vulnerable to coronavirus, so is walking around his garden 20 times a day for 20 days, totalling 40 miles.
And yes, that’s all while dressed as a gnome. Alan is getting all jazzed up every day by wearing a pointy red hat (that his wife, Janet, 73, made herself), a blue jacket, black wellies, and lipstick on his cheeks and nose.
Alan got the nickname of Gnomey back when he was cleaning out a garden pond.
His friends said that they would double their donations to Richmond’s Hope if Alan dressed up as a gnome while taking on his challenge – and he happily obliged. He wants to raise money for Richmond’s Hope to help children who have lost a parent to coronavirus.
Alan said: ‘I am on the shielded list because I have a mild form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and currently in total lockdown, confined to my house and garden.
‘I am not allowed to go out for a walk so I am walking around my garden 20 times each day for at least 20 days. ‘Twenty times round the garden is just over two miles or 113,700 steps over 20 days and I am now into my eighth day.
‘So far I have raised more than £1,500 which is very humbling and people have said they will double their donation if I dress up as a gnome and they see a picture of me.’ The former accountant, who has two children, used to do bookkeeping for the charity.
He added: ‘I decided to fundraise for Richmond’s Hope because of the increased need to support bereaved children during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘Many people have and will suffer the loss of parents, grandparents, siblings, near relatives and friends.
‘A lot of people are going to need counselling because they won’t have been able to have been with their loved ones when they have died and they won’t be able to go to funerals.
‘It is going to be a very difficult time so that is why I want to do what I can to help support the fantastic people at Richmond’s Hope who help and support so many others.’
Alan said his daily walk was not overly taxing and he would likely keep going with the challenge for the duration of the lockdown.
If you’d like to donate to his cause, you can do so through JustGiving.
News sourced from: Metro