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The Virgin Media O2 Captain Tom Foundation Award is honouring those that have gone above and beyond in their community in response to Covid-19

By Virgin TV Edit

Virgin Media O2 and The Captain Tom Foundation have teamed up once again to recognise incredible charities and community groups across the UK that have provided vital services in their local area in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Over the next few months, we will be honouring five winners of the Virgin Media O2 Captain Tom Foundation Award, with each receiving tech prizes (smart TVs, tablets, laptops) worth up to £5,000 and Virgin Media’s Gig1 broadband for two years, which provides download speeds 22x faster than the national average. With an injection of tech and connectivity, these worthy causes and individuals can accomplish even more.


Hannah Ingram-Moore, daughter of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, is the ambassador and will pay a visit to all the winners. The Virgin Media O2 Captain Tom Connector Award is inspired by Captain Sir Tom, a former British Army Officer who captured the nation’s hearts during challenging times.


During lockdown in 2020, he walked 100 laps of his garden, with the help of his walking frame, before his 100th birthday, to raise money for the NHS. He raised more than £30 million for NHS Charities Together, and on his 100th birthday, the Queen promoted Captain Sir Tom from captain to honorary colonel. He also decided to extend his 100 laps to 200 laps after completing the 100 laps two weeks ahead of time.


Check out the first three winners of the Virgin Media O2 Captain Tom Foundation Connector Award below.


Ashton Vale Club for Young People, Bristol

Ashton Vale Club for Young People is one of Young Bristol’s community-based youth centres for young people aged 8-19 and provides a range of activities to improve their health and wellbeing, enhance social cohesion, and encourage success in education and employment.


When the pandemic hit, the centre had to close its doors, but still delivered a virtual youth club for its members over Zoom. They also offered one-to-one support to more vulnerable individuals, and families were sent sports packs, creative arts equipment, and internet access packs to use. Throughout the summer holidays, the club runs a school holiday programme which provides creative arts and sports activities as well as food, combating the issue of hunger during school breaks.


The Netherfield Forum, Notts

The Netherfield Forum, a community centre based at the St Georges Centre in Nottingham, first welcomed locals through its doors in 2005. With group work and education at the heart of the centre, it quickly became a pillar of the small town and an integral outlet for many to meet, socialise and feel part of the wider community.


When the first lockdown hit in 2020, there were some obvious hurdles in the way of maintaining interaction with the centre’s local community. But rather than close, they adapted and the Netherfield Forum went mobile. As a result, from 23 March until 31 July, they were able to continue working and served more than 35,000 meals to those who needed them most.


Bee-lieve Foundation

The Bee-lieve Foundation, a community-based charity in Surrey, was created at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 by Steve Tindall, Headteacher at the Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Addlestone. It supports children’s mental health and emotional well-being through direct teaching and early intervention, as well as providing help when issues start to emerge. 


It has also provided funding for several schools to implement “Connect” PSHE (personal, social, health and economic), a programme to support well-being. Additional activities include providing much needed resources to many schools across the South-East through their “Bee-lieve bags,” to support therapeutic interactions and interventions with children and young people.

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