Scaffolders raise funds for Captain Tom Challenge

A team of scaffolders has raised more than £1500 for the Captain Tom Foundation.
Ryan Rippingale, Tom Cox, Billy Marshall, Aaron Carmichael and Rob Sainty erected the scaffolding

A team of scaffolders have raised more than £1500 for the Captain Tom Foundation.

Scaffolders from Total Access Scaffolding based in Suffolk decided to design and build a giant 100 out of scaffolding for the Captain Tom challenge.

Thousands of people across the country have been getting involved in charity challenges to celebrate what would of been Sir Tom’s 101st birthday.

On 6 April 2020, Captain Sir Tom Moore set out 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.

As part of the Captain Tom 100 campaign, people are being encouraged to create their own charity challenge themed around the number 100.

It could be literally anything, like a 100 keepy-uppies, walking 100 steps on your hands or telling 100 jokes. For Total Access Scaffolding, it was building a huge 100 out of scaffolding tubes and fittings.

Andy Smith, director of Total Access Scaffolding said: “It would have been Sir Tom’s 101st birthday on April 30.

“As he gave so much of his life fighting for his country and helping others we at Total Access Scaffolding thought the least we could do was to try to give back to his and his family’s charities.”

We can’t bake or sew so we decided to build the figure 100 out of scaffolding.”

The scaffolding took five members of their team a day to build and takedown. Smith designed the structure and how to erect the 100 in tube and fittings.

“I had to create a design of how I wanted it to look before any building started,” he said.

Once his team erected the figure, they posed for a quick picture in front of it before dismantling it.

So far, more than £1,500 has been raised from the team’s scaffolding project. Smith added: “At present, we are still awaiting the final donations to arrive and will be in touch with the final amount.”