Stepping out for charity in honour of Sir Captain Tom's legacy

Angela Reid walking along the seafront with her daughter Charlotte

Angela Reid walking along the seafront with her daughter Charlotte - Credit: Alexa Baker

A Sidmouth resident is calling on people to join her and her daughter to follow in Sir Captain Tom’s footsteps and raise money for charity.

When Angela Reid heard about Sir Captain Tom’s 100 challenge, whereby his legacy is allowing people to raise money in his honour for charities that are important to them in their own individual ways, she knew her family had to do something, but what?

To choose a charity wasn’t a problem. Brain Tumour Research has been close to Angela and her family’s heart since 2015 when her daughter, Charlotte Reid, had a biopsy which confirmed she had a rare type of brain tumour called Craniopharyngioma. Angela wanted to grab this opportunity to raise awareness and much-needed money to keep research into brain tumours progressing.

Angela said: “The trouble was deciding on what to do for the challenge, which is to find something to do 100 times over the course of the next bank holiday weekend. Ideas ranged from eating 100 cakes, walking 100 miles and building 100 sandcastles, though Sidmouth’s shingle beach could present a problem! The conclusion was to follow Captain Tom’s example and walk along part of Sidmouth’s esplanade 100 times.”

Angela and Charlotte have had a couple of training sessions and are planning to walk 20 lengths a day from the lifeboat station over the course of five days starting in the morning on Thursday, April 29 and finishing on Monday, May 3.

Charlotte and Angela will be joined by Charlotte’s dad, Steve, when possible and a whole host of colourful, socially-distanced characters, including Sidmouth Does Wear A Hat supporters, members of Sidmouth Running Club, Sidmouth Skate Squad, friends and family.
A Just Giving page has been set up if you would like to support Charlotte, Angela and Steve at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Charlottes-army-captain-Tom-100-challenge

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