86-year old Jim in tap-dancing marathon
Lovely 86-year old Northampton gentleman, Jim Price has pledged to tap-dance every day
throughout the month of July to raise funds in aid of Northampton General Hospital because
he wants to thank them for the care he’s received over the last few years. Jim launched his
foot-stomping fundraiser on Friday 3 rd July at Broadmead Community Church – where
members helped to do his food shopping during lockdown.
“I thought about Captain Tom,” says Jim, “and he’s quite a bit older than me and I thought, if
he can do it then so can I. I’ve applied some WD40 to my knees.”
Jim wrote a lovely letter to the Chief Executive at the hospital expressing his congratulations
on the high professional standards of the staff and the warmth and kindness he has always
received when under their care. Following the recent fundraising support for the NHS in the
wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Jim wanted to utilise a skill he’s learned in his retirement
– freestyle tap-dancing – to raise funds for Northampton General Hospital. He’s pledged to
tap-dance daily in his home at St Christopher’s Care Home.
“There’s already been a heart-warming response from the local community since we shared
Jim’s fundraiser,” adds Rob Powell, Community Fundraiser at Northamptonshire Health
Charity, “We’re very grateful to Jim for wanting to support the hospital by setting himself this
month-long tap-dancing challenge – and to everyone who has sponsored him.”
Jim has raised £1,080 in aid of the hospital so far and the funds will go towards initiatives
and projects to enhance patient care and staff wellbeing above and beyond what the NHS
provides. Jim will be returning to Broadmead Community Church for his grand finale on 31 st
July. You can view a video of his mighty fine moves at the charity’s website
www.nhcfgreenheart.co.uk or via their social media pages. You can sponsor Jim via his Just
Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jimtap