Life to the full’ Joan, 104, raises £40,000 walking up hills after being inspired by Captain Tom.

Joan Willett has raised more than £40k for the British Heart Foundation by walking 17 miles up and down the hill outside her care home. 

Inspired by Sir Captain Tom Moore, she has been raising money for the wonderful British Heart Foundation that helped her 22 years ago.

The Sussex lady smashed her £500 target and the amount is continuing to rise.

Captain Tom, 100, said: “So delighted to hear you were inspired by my walk Joan! An incredible effort and great to hear you’re also enjoying life to the full.”

Joan said: “I  go out for several walks a day but having been inspired by Sir Captain Tom Moore I now want these walks to benefit others.

“The British Heart Foundation has had a profound effect on my life, mainly twenty-two years ago when I had exploratory heart surgery where I was given a life expectancy of one to two years and Twenty-two years later I’m still here.  

“The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives. 

“It’s only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £24 could pay for two hours of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps.”