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Fundraising hero Colonel Tom Moore teams up with one of Sevenoaks’ own local heroes to help launch a keep fit video

Captain, or Colonel as he is now, Tom Moore, has helped unite a nation with his fundraising efforts which has now generated £30 million for the NHS. And on the day (30 April) that he celebrates his 100th birthday comes the news that he has teamed up with one of Sevenoaks’ own local heroes to launch a keep fit video campaign.

Colonel Tom Moore is helping to launch a keep fit video

Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, who lives in the Sevenoaks area and runs a business in Hildenborough, and Colonel Tom Moore are among a host of well known names taking part in the launch.

Military charity and media organisation BFBS has launched #BFBSForcesFit – an initiative designed to get UK troops sharing their fitness routines to encourage the rest of the country to stay active.

To keep the public motivated, the fun video features people performing squats with their dog, lunging as they push their baby’s buggy and running as they fireman lift their son.

Dame Kelly Holmes is herself a former member of the British Armed Forces. She said: “Staying active and fighting fit is always so important but now more than ever. Encouraging and motivating everyone to do that through my workouts online and BFBS Forces Fit is something I’m so happy to do.”

Dame Kelly Holmes

The campaign is supported by Colonel Tom Moore, who has raised £30 million for charity with his garden walks. Other notable faces backing it are Olympic gold-winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington, Dancing on Ice star Matt Evers, and Brian Wood MC.

Each week, ‘BFBS Forces Fit’ will host online workouts from military instructors and sport and fitness influencers which can be done from the safety of people’s homes.

The campaign launched on Wednesday evening when Dame Kelly took over the BFBS Radio Facebook page to host her own training workout.

Next Wednesday (6 May) at 4pm, there will be a BFBS Radio and Instagram Live simulcast with WO1 Glenn Haughton OBE – Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff – discussing how physical activity can have a positive impact on mental health and well-being.

Jay James, BFBS Radio presenter, former Royal Navy PTI and member of singing group The Overtones, is leading the campaign. He said: “Being in the military taught me that staying forces fit really is the key to a healthy body and mind. We’re calling on everyone, however hard or easy to share what they’re doing to inspire us all.”

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