Captain Sir Tom Moore rewrote the rule book for nonagenarian charity campaigners as his lockdown heroics for the NHS proved age is no barrier to making a difference.
Now a 98-year-old woman has got on her bike to raise funds for a homelessness charity, much like her great-grandmother did 134 years ago when she launched the charity West London Mission.
Diana O’Flynn has turned lockdown boredom and confinement into the ‘Around the Sitting Room in 80 Days’ challenge which will see her cycling on an exercise bike from her arm-chair everyday until June 30.
The challenge is in aid of homelessness charity West London Mission (WLM) – set up in 1887 by Diana’s great grandmother Katherine Price Hughes.
Diana’s granddaughter Jovie McMillian told The Big Issue: “She’s doing really well. Because we’ve raised more than the £1,000 she said she has been cycling more every day just because people have been paying more. She’s loving it, she gets excited every time a donation comes in and she calls me to say ‘Look, did you see?’.”
Diana told Times Radio “people have been very kind and generous” in supporting the campaign but was modest about the challenge. She said: “I really don’t think it’s very impressive because I’m sitting in a comfortable chair in my own sitting room.”