Dame Judi Dench eats 100 Maltesers as part of the Captain Tom Moore 100 challenge


Dame Judi Dench eats 100 Maltesers as part of the Captain Tom Moore 100 challenge – in honour of the number of garden laps he did to raise money – while David Beckham does 100 keepy-uppies

  • Dame Judi Dench works her way through 100 of her favourite treats in challenge 
  • She attempted to encourage others to raise money with their own challenges
  • Other stars answering the call included David Beckham with 100 keepy-uppies

His fundraising efforts inspired a nation at its darkest time in more than half a century.

By walking 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday, Captain Sir Tom Moore raised more than £32million to help the NHS face down the first wave of coronavirus.

On what would have been Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 101st birthday yesterday, celebrities and ordinary people took part in a charity challenge themed around the number 100.

Among them was Dame Judi Dench with a chocoholic’s take – munching her way through 100 Maltesers.

In a video shared on Sir Tom’s official Twitter account yesterday, the Oscar winner is shown sitting in a garden in front of a bowl of her favourite chocolates. 

Captain Tom’s 100 laps of his garden raised almost £40million for the NHS. Dame Judi chose a less physically demanding feat, eating 100 Maltesers instead

‘Last year, Captain Tom inspired us all by doing 100 lengths of his lawn and raising a huge amount of money,’ the 86-year-old said.

‘Now I am completely inspired by him, and I’ve decided to do it.

‘Only I’m going to eat Maltesers. Lovely. My fave.’ However her stamina appeared to flag later in the sweet-toothed challenge with a second clip showing her spattered with chocolate as she hammed up the task of getting through them all.

Thousands of people are taking part in their own challenges to benefit the charity of their choice over the Bank Holiday, using #CaptainTom100 when sharing them online.

Celebrities who have pledged to take part include David Beckham aiming to do 100 keepy-uppies and Mary Berry baking 100 cakes.

Meanwhile 2012 Olympics heroine Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill is to bounce on a pogo stick 100 times and England cricket captain Joe Root will hit a ball 100 times.

McLaren F1 drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo said they would be doing 100 ‘check-ins’ with friends and family over the weekend in support of mental health charity Mind. 

Stars answering the call included David Beckham (100 keepy-uppies), Mary Berry (baking 100 cakes) and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill (100 pogo stick hops)

Stars answering the call included David Beckham (100 keepy-uppies), Mary Berry (baking 100 cakes) and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill (100 pogo stick hops)

Captain Tom’s family rang the bell before the start of play at Lord’s cricket ground yesterday to officially launch the Captain Tom 100 challenge

Captain Tom’s family rang the bell before the start of play at Lord’s cricket ground yesterday to officially launch the Captain Tom 100 challenge

Benjie, 17, said of his grandfather, who died in February: ‘He will be looking down and thinking “what a pleasure for our family to be here”.’

Benjie, 17, said of his grandfather, who died in February: ‘He will be looking down and thinking ‘what a pleasure for our family to be here’.’

Sir Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, rang the five-minute bell at Lord’s cricket ground in London to officially launch the Captain Tom 100 challenge yesterday.

The bell is rung before the start of play at the ground – Sir Tom was a huge fan of the sport.

She told BBC Breakfast: ‘It’s really hard not to get emotional because he would have loved to have done this.

‘We talked about it and he was really, really looking forward to it.’ His grandson Benjie, 17, said: ‘I would have loved to have experienced this with him, but I think he will be looking down and he will be thinking what a pleasure for our family to be here.’  

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