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.
Two of Sightsavers’ films have been nominated for the awards, which celebrate and reward the best fundraising films.
As Blue Peter celebrates its 60th birthday, we look back to the programme's Sight Saver appeal in 1986, which raised money for our mobile eye units in Malawi, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Artists including Charlotte Kelly from Soul II Soul will perform at the charity concert on 11 October, with proceeds going to Sightsavers.