To commemorate Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising mission of walking 100 laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS, Bedford Hospital will be naming new landscaped gardens after the inspirational Captain.
Plans have already been drawn up to refurbish the garden area outside the main entrance on Kempston Road and transform the space into a tranquil and calming environment for patients that will include resting/seating areas and sensory plants. The plans even include a landscaped walk feature in the shape of the number 100 as an extra special tribute to Captain Tom.
Various members of staff who have looked after Captain Tom over the years at Bedford Hospital couldn’t wait to send him their praise and best wishes. Some of these staff have recorded video messages wishing him a very happy birthday but to also thank him for the amazing fundraising for the NHS. You can view this below.
Simon Linnett, Chair of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said, “On behalf of the Hospital and the broader community we wish to record our deep gratitude to Captain Tom for the inspiration and lift he has given us and for the extraordinary sums of money he has raised for the NHS. We admire him, we applaud him and we wish him a very Happy Centenary Birthday from us and from all those in the future who will forever remember his remarkable achievement, Happy Birthday Captain Tom and Thank you.”
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.