A wooden bench commemorating Captain Sir Tom has been donated to the walk-in centre staff at Litherland Town Hall Health Centre in Liverpool. The bench is to thank the local NHS team for their tireless efforts supporting the local population over the last year. Captain Tom’s bench provides the staff with an outside area for rest and reflection when they most need it.
The plaque reads:
Donated to all walk-in centre staff for their hard work and dedication during the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘The sun will shine and the clouds will go away’ Captain Tom.
Litherland Walk-in Centre has undergone huge changes responding to Covid-19. The team have worked closely with primary care to provide the ‘red site’ (Covid hot hub) for face-to-face assessment of Covid patients in South Sefton. They have shown strength and dedication to patient care. While it has been the most difficult of times, the team have risen to the challenge every day and the service has thrived.
The team were allocated a budget from the Captain Tom’s Fund and decided a bench would be perfect. Christine Ashton, Health and Wellbeing Champion at Litherland Walk-in Centre organised the purchase of the bench, with CHP covering the cost of installation. Christine said:
“Since the bench was fitted we have added some pots and made it a Wellbeing Garden. The Staff benefit from this so much! Since we are working on a ‘red site’ once the first patient arrives no staff are able to go out for lunch, so this bench provides a place for some much needed fresh air.”
Tom Rockcliffe, Tenant Liaison Manager for CHP said: “Sir Captain Tom was an inspiration to us all, at a time when the nation was feeling down and out. He aspired us all to fight on and raised over £38million for the NHS. Truly remarkable. This bench is a reminder of his courage and inspiration. Thank you, Captain Sir Tom.”
The Captain Tom Foundation
On 6 April 2020, Captain Tom Moore started walking round his garden. By the time he finished his 100 laps he had raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal, to thank our NHS team.
Friday 30 April would have been Tom’s 101st birthday and to honour him and his amazing achievements, his family are encouraging people to create their own ‘100 challenge’. #CaptainTom100
The foundation’s mission is to inspire hope. To help others see and believe there is always hope, however dark things may seem. The foundation focuses on three areas especially close to Captain Tom’s heart: combating loneliness; championing education and equality; and continuing to support the NHS.
The Captain Tom Foundation captaintom.org
Remembering Captain Sir Tom Moore 30 April 1920 – 2 February 2021