Capt Tom inspires double amputee girl from Kirklees to raise £9k
A 10-year-old double amputee has raised £9,000 for charity after being inspired by Yorkshireman Captain (now Honourary Colonel Tom Moore) whose NHS appeal topped nearly £33m.
Maisie Catt, from Mirfield, lost both her legs when she was a baby to meingitis and septicamia and has used her time during the lockdown to follow in war veteran Captain Moore’s footsteps by walking 2.6 miles per day for 10 days, totalling 26 miles.
Starting on April 26 and finishing today, Maisie raised the cash for charity organisation LimbPower, which offers help and support to families and individuals with amputation and limb difference.
Proud mum, Sharon Catt said: “After hearing about what Captain Tom had done for the NHS, Maisie thought she’d put herself to better use during the coronavirus lockdown.
“It can be very hard for her to walk, something many take for granted. So to do 26 miles in 10 days is amazing.
“While she was inspired by Tom, her determination and self-motivation has been an inspiration for her family.”
Captain Tom, turned 100 years old last week, made national headlines after raising the incredible amount for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden, and consequently inspired a Covid-19-hit Britain.
Maisie originally set a target of £260, but on the tenth day she raised over £9,000 - smashing her target by nearly 3,500 percent.
“We’re blown away with how she’s taken a negative - such as being on lockdown - and spun it into a positive.
“Usually Maisie would usually keep active through swimming lessons, or para-taekwondo.
“She’s very self-motivated and has never let her circumstances affect her positive outlook on life.”
Maisie, who made the national GB Taekwondo academy squad in 2018. said: “Please help me raise much needed funds so LimbPower can continue to support during these difficult times and ensure that they can continue to offer events and support after lockdown.”
To donate funds, visit: www.gofundme.com, and search ‘Maisie’s 2.6 miles per day for 10 day Challenge (26 miles)’.