School’s ‘Captain Tom Challenge’ given a boost by HCE

25 February 2021

NHS fundraising efforts undertaken by a local school have been given a significant boost thanks to Howard Civil Engineering’s Greengates Junction site team.

Inspired by Captain Tom’s 100 laps of his garden and his recent passing, students at Greengates Primary Academy in Bradford have been challenging themselves in what they are calling the “Captain Tom Challenge.”

The school, which is stone’s throw away from our Greengates Junction site for Bradford Council, has taken a leaf out of Captain Tom’s book to undertake a series of exercises to raise money for the NHS.  

Pupils of all ages have been raising money in various ways, from performing 100 bounces on a space hopper and 100 keepy uppies with a balloon to naming 100 nouns and remaining silent for 100 minutes. Staff members have also joined in the fun, with one member of staff riding a bike for 100 minutes and another pledging to run 100 miles throughout March!

Howard Civil Engineering were only too happy to sponsor the school's remarkable efforts and added an extra £200 to the pot, bringing the total raised so far to just under £2,000!

Pupils at Greengates Primary Academy have been paying tribute to Captain Tom to raise money for the NHS.

It is fantastic to see the children of Greengates Primary Academy pull together and raise money for such a worthy cause during what is undoubtedly a challenging time for them,” commented community liaison officer Sophie Henderson.

“Captain Tom’s fundraising efforts have been an inspiration to us all and it’s great that the pupils of Greengates Primary have been able to remain positive and proactive despite the challenges that lockdown has thrown them, and have fun doing it!

“Howard Civil Engineering have always demonstrated a commitment to improving the communities in which we work, and we are very happy to have helped the school exceed their target and support dedicated and passionate young members of the Bradford community.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the children can donate here. You can also keep up to date with the fundraising efforts on Greengates Primary Academy’s twitter, @DeltaGreengates, and by following the hashtag #CaptTomChall.

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