Castleford Care Home Residents Complete 100 Laps of the Garden to Honour Captain Tom - Ideal Carehomes

Castleford Care Home Residents Complete 100 Laps of the Garden to Honour Captain Tom

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Residents at Newfield Lodge care home on Brookfield Avenue, in Castleford, have completed the ‘Captain Tom 100’ challenge after walking 100 laps of their garden, to raise money for the former British Army Officer’s charity.

The fundraiser, organised by the family of Sir Captain Tom Moore, encourages people all over the world to complete a challenge of their choice centred around the number 100 to mark what would have been his 101st birthday. Residents walked laps of the garden in the form of a relay race, after being inspired by Captain Tom’s remarkable fundraising efforts at the start of the pandemic.

Phil Scott, 86, who has lived at Newfield lodge for over two years, said, ‘I think that Captain Tom was a very good man. The work he did for his country throughout his life is an inspiration to us all. When the team asked us what challenge we would like to complete in his memory, we all thought that 100 laps of the garden, just like what Captain Tom completed, was absolutely fitting!

We had heaps of fun and it was great exercise – I am very glad to have taken part to honour Sir Tom’.

Molly Head, 88, said, ‘I am so pleased to have completed the Captain Tom 100 challenge. I can’t describe how good it felt when we finished! Everybody clapped and cheered, it was a very special moment’.
Together with the care team, residents created a heart-warming video filled with memories of events throughout Captain Tom’s life, starting in 1920, all the way through to the present day. , Residents each held up an interesting fact about a year, which was their way of showing respect for the things Sir Tom will have seen throughout his lifetime.

Lifestyle Manager, Emily Waugh, said, ‘Over the time we took to complete the challenge and create the remembrance video, we could really see our residents bonding over their shared respect for Captain Tom. The video became a wonderful reminiscence activity, with many of our residents sharing interesting life stories – we found out that one was a close friend of Catchphrase host, Roy Walker!’.

Newfield Lodge is operated by Ideal Carehomes and recently achieved a ‘Good’ rating for a second time by the Care Quality Commission. All 64 bedrooms at the residential and dementia care home are en-suite, enabling staff to deliver dignified and person-centred care. Boasting spacious lounges, a hair salon and a cinema room, residents enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities, managed by a dedicated lifestyle manager. To contact Newfield Lodge, please call General Manager, Lynn Robinson on 01977 522 508 or visit