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Captain Tom's wish was to recognize the contribution of health care workers through a worldwide tree planting program. To quote Calgary Major Naheed Nenshi "I was nurtured by a community that cared about me".

Inspired by the memory of Captain Tom (photo below), Port Hope residents Mike Goldstein and Peter de Auer are taking the lead in creating a local tree planting to recognize the contribution of all health care workers and first responders.  Recognition is being given to not only Northumberland Hills Hospital workers but also all Cobourg’s and Port Hope’s health care workers and first responders. The tree planting will be in June 2021 but funds are needed as soon as possible to confirm the preparations with the Municipality.  The target is $1700 by May 20.

captain tom mooreThe wording on the stone identifying the tree will read: Honouring all health care workers and first responders in our communities, 2021

Planting is planned for June of this year in Wakely Gardens just south of the Port Hope Town Hall.  Hopefully the Mayors of both Cobourg and Port Hope will be in attendance. Any ceremony will be dictated by restraints in place at that time.

Should the project not move forward, or if the total raised is in excess of cost, the funds will be donated to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation.

The organizers have consulted with major health care provider groups and received excellent support for the initiative.

Captain Tom Moore of Britain was 99 years old in April 2020.  Aware of the tremendous work being done by the National Health System in the battle against Covid-19 he decided to raise funds for the NHS charities by walking laps of his garden with the help of his walker. His goal was to raise $1,700 before his 100th birthday on April 30, 2020. By the time he died he had raised over $65 million.

Should you wish to make a contribution or if you have any questions, please contact Peter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Peter de Auer
Local resident