96-year-old motorsport enthusiast with bone disorders drives 100 laps around Weymouth car park
A 96-year-old woman with a bone disorder has beaten the odds of doing 100 laps around a parking lot after being inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Katharine ‘Kitty’ Webb from Weymouth has suffered from osteoporosis for over 30 years and can only stand with the help of a walker.
However, after being inspired by her hero Captain Sir Tom Moore during the lockdown, the grandmother-of-one, who lives in Buxton Road, decided to cheer up – and as much money as possible – to the Royal Osteoporosis Society Nursing Help Line.
Her son, Andy Webb, said: “During the pandemic it was difficult for him to exercise.
“She has suffered from osteoporosis for over 30 years, so she is quite fragile and even has difficulty walking.
“Over the past year, she has taken inspiration from Sir Tom after reading his autobiography over Christmas.”
On April 6, 2020, at the age of 99, Sir Tom started walking 100 lengths of his garden to benefit NHS Charities Together, with the aim of raising £ 1,000 ahead of his 100th birthday.
On his 100th birthday on April 30, he raised over £ 32.79million.
Kitty started her four-day challenge on April 30 – Sir Tom’s birthday date and completed the feat yesterday morning.
“Each lap of my mom was about 25 yards, which doesn’t sound like much, but she’s taking pain medication because of her bone disorder – so it’s a pretty old distance for her,” Mr. Webb said.
“She did 25 laps a day.
“During the lockdown, my mom missed out on contact with a lot of people, especially her granddaughter Lisa, but communicates regularly through Facetime on her iPad every week.
“One of the reasons she feels so attached to Sir Tom’s story is the similarities he shares with my father Bryan, who died in 2006 at the age of 86.
“The mutual love of motorcycles with Sir Tom reminded Kitty Bryan – and how they spent their days courting on long country rides and rides in a Triumph.
“She still loves motorsport and watches Formula 1, and is a huge fan of Lewis Hamilton.”
Kitty originally wanted to raise £ 100 but has since beaten that target and now wants to raise as much as possible.
After the challenge, the 96-year-old said: “I am tired, but I have a great sense of accomplishment and very impressed with the money I have raised.”
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