Once Tom has reached his destination, he’ll build a shelter from natural materials and other items donated by BPS building supplies and camp overnight.
He chose this particular survival challenge after being inspired by his hero Bear Grylls, who has even sent him some equipment to use on the challenge.
He hopes to raise money for two charities in his annual fundraiser. This year he has chosen Sightsavers, after being inspired by one of our adverts on TV, and Kate’s Home Nursing in memory of his grandmother, Shelley Whincup, who passed away in 2013 from cancer.
Tom has been fundraising for the past three years, taking up different challenges along the way, and has raised nearly £3,500. He has funded a water pump for a village in Africa through WaterAid, shelter for 12 families following the Nepal earthquake, and two weeks of round-the-clock care for one person through other charities.
We think Tom is an inspiration! There is still time to sponsor him via his fundraising page.
For the second year in a row, Sightsavers has been named top charity in the Top 50 Companies for Customer Service Awards.
Photographs of Sightsavers’ work in Pakistan, taken by Andrew McConnell, are on show at the More London Riverside development near Tower Bridge.
The partnership was launched on World Sight Day with a nationwide bake sale, during which Optical Express staff channelled their inner Mary Berry.