Captain Bob respectfully doing a 'Captain Tom'

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Captain Tom Moore has inspired me to try and do my bit  to thank the NHS. Two days after Captain Tom reached 100 years of age I turned 66. I decided that I would unashamedly, but respectfully, do a 'Captain Tom' but with a slight difference.

For at least the following 66 days  I am going to walk/run around my garden and I am going to be doing it with my old Army Bergen backpack filled with a progressively increasing weight. I am aiming to get up to 66lbs (30kg) by day 66.  It's quite a shock doing it after a break of 30 years.

Doing one circuit of the gardens I can cover just over 1 kilometre. It is not all flat and it is not all on tracks, there are a number of up and downhill sections and I need to cross a wide beck twice and scramble over a couple of fallen trees.

There are a few similarities between myself and Captain Tom. We were both born in West Yorkshire, Captain Tom was commissioned into the Duke of Wellington's Regiment and I was commissioned into the Yorkshire Volunteers Regiment, both of which have been amalgamated into the recently formed Yorkshire Regiment, known as Yorkshire's Warriors. We both also owe a lot to the NHS which is why I want to follow in Captain Tom's footsteps in trying to raise some contribution for the Association of NHS Charities.
I am currently shielding because the cancer treatment I am receiving modifies the body's immune system to fight the cancer cells, this has unfortunately put me into the 'high risk' category. I am also on the waiting list for a knee replacement, my challenge is putting quite a strain on my knee and so I feel every step that I take. But as the old saying goes, NO PAIN NO GAIN.

The shielding process means that I have to isolate for 12 weeks. I had a treat last week though as I had to go to Harrogate Hospital for a check up, my first time out in 8 weeks. The organisation within the hospital was superb and I did not feel at risk at all, I was apprehensive at the prospect initially but my fears were soon allayed. 48158754_1590525405893856_r.jpeg

I am now looking forward to my next trips out on the first three Mondays of June when I will be at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Harrogate for my next series of treatments.

My debt to the NHS is huge, without the fantastic treatment I am receiving I may not have been here now, so THANK YOU to everyone. A big THANK YOU also to the fantastic Macmillan nurses who were there to help me hold it together when I received the diagnosis of the big C.

Perhaps a new motto for the NHS should be 'Who Cares Wins', what do you think?


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Bob Hinchcliffe 
Kirkby Malzeard, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom
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