Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Dapper 103-year-old Tom Jones follows in Captain Sir Tom Moore’s footsteps

 By Luke O'Reilly

A dapper 103-year-old is following in the footsteps of Captain Sir Tom Moore and walking to raise money for charity.

Tom Jones, "not the singer", has been pictured doing laps around the garden of his care home while wearing a tuxedo and sipping a cocktail.

He has been living at Groveland Park care home for the past nine years, where staff say he is a “big character” beloved by all.

The great-great grandfather decided to embark on 1,000 laps of the garden as a way of expressing gratitude to health and care workers after receiving both doses of the vaccine.

Tom, left, with Nicola Jones / PA

He said: “I was so happy that I can help in a way.

“I wanted to highlight the NHS, the care home and the GPs.”

The fit and healthy centenarian has been taking to the garden every day and donations to his chosen charity have been stacking up.

So far Mr Jones has raised more than £1,800 for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice – smashing his target of £103.

“I did 1.44 miles on Wednesday and that’s not bad for 103”, Mr Jones said.

Groveland Park care home manager Nicola Ireland is full of praise for Mr Jones.

She said: “He’s incredible.

“He’s amazing, he’s really on the ball.

“For a gentleman that’s 103 he’s very fit, he’s very knowledgeable, he’s got full capacity.

“He just lives life to the full.

“He did say he would like to do 1,000 (laps) and we sort of said ‘Tom you’re 103’ but who knows?

“Tom does what he wants to do, he’s a big character.”

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