A BUSINESS inspired by acts of kindness is honouring Captain Tom Moore by delivering gifts on his behalf.

Secret Hamper, based in Maldon, launched the Secret Hamper NHS70 Initiative to celebrate 70 years of the NHS nearly two years ago.

The project aims to recognise the work of unsung heroes in the NHS.

To mark Captain Tom’s achievements and his 100th birthday, Secret Hamper delivered 150 hampers to two hospitals.

Captain Tom has raised more than £33million for the NHS after walking 100 laps of his garden.

Nigel Richardson, of Secret Hamper, said: “We’ve been running our non-for-profit initiative alongside the day-to-day business for nearly two years.

“It’s something we started as a way of bringing people together to say thank you to NHS staff for all that they do.

“We had recently merged the remaining 64 hospitals into one big GoFundMe page when Captain Tom came up on our radar.

“I was so in awe of his efforts that I decided that we would dedicate the next 100 hampers we got sponsored to a hospital of Tom’s choice.

“We set up a satellite page and almost immediately received contributions from all over the UK, including generous contributions from some Essex-based businesses – Executive Security Enforcement and Fisk Group.

“We had just 48 hampers left to sponsor when City-based insurance broker RFIB Group contacted us to say that they have seen what we were doing and would like to sponsor the remaining hampers.

“No sooner had I put the phone down I then got an email from Jason Vale – aka the Juice Master – to say that he’d do the same.

“I was blown away and with Jason’s consent we decided that we could in fact reach thousands of staff at two hospitals with 150 hampers.”

The team delivered 100 hampers to Bedford Hospital and 50 hampers to Harrogate District Hospital with over 9,000 treats for staff.

Nigel said: “We now have 62 hospitals left in our list, including four here in Essex.

“It’s fantastic that the nation got behind Captain Tom and helped him raise such a substantial amount.

“We now hope with the love being shown for our NHS heroes that we can get more hospitals completed and help others say #ThankYouNHS.”