Monday 3 May 2021

Taking up Captain Tom’s 100 Challenge

Last year, on 6 April 2020, the indomitable Captain Tom Moore set off to walk round his garden to thank our NHS heroes. One hundred laps later, he'd raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal. Friday 30 April would have been his 101st birthday and to honour him and his amazing achievements, the Captain Tom Foundation asked everyone, of all ages and abilities, to take part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge. The idea was to take on a challenge around the number 100 anytime and anywhere over his birthday weekend between Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May. 

So last weekend, my grandchildren and I responded to the Captain Tom 100 Challenge and for our weekend baking we made 100 buns and biscuits! We put our results on social media and were delighted at the response to our efforts. There still time to donate Captain Tom Foundation  or on our Just Giving Page.

We used Grandma Abson’s foolproof recipe which you can find here.

Where I come from in Yorkshire, we’ve always called these ‘buns’ but where I live now everyone calls them ‘cakes’. Grandma Abson would say that cakes are larger bakes such as Victoria Sandwich, Chocolate Cake and Fruit Cake but whatever you call them and however you decorate them, we loved baking them and were delighted to support the legacy which Captain Tom bequeathed. He left us all a simple message of hope, "Tomorrow will be a good day", inspired millions around the world and brought comfort and joy to so many during the pandemic.