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Hilda is Aylesbury Vale's answer to Captain Tom

The 103-year-old was inspired by the Bedfordshire Captain and has taken on her own walking challenge.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:49am 7th May 2020. 3-minute read.

Hilda is Aylesbury Vale's answer to Captain Tom

A woman in Stone, who is 103, has been inspired by Captain Tom Moore and has set off round her care home.

Hilda Duncombe's £1,000 fundraising target for the Alzheimer's Society has already been tripled thanks to donations.

She is doing it in memory of her husband, who had Alzheimer's.

2020 is the 25th anniversary of Bartletts Residential Home where Hilda lives.

When staff spoke to her about the anniversary, she said she would like to do something to mark the occasion.

Hilda Duncombe

She’s aiming to walk 3 laps of the Home per day, a distance of roughly a 10th of a mile.

The physical challenge she has set herself is quite remarkable, not least because of her age, but also because she only has 1 hip!

She had a major operation 13 years ago which left her disabled and only able to walk with the aid of a frame. 

Hilda is the matriarch of the Duncombe family; mother of 3, grandmother of 9 and great grandmother of 11 at the last count.

Due to the Corona virus and the restrictions of social distancing, they will be unable to cheer her on in person but, rest assured, they will be “with her” every step of the way.

More about Hilda

Hilda was born in London on the 16th October 1916, and has many memories of growing up in London.

Her mother was called Daisy and her father Sidney. Hilda has one sister, Elsie. Her close friends were her school friends.

She enjoyed biology, science and French at school. Hilda enjoyed playing hockey and swimming. Hilda belonged to a swimming club.

Hilda was in the civil service during the war.

She described the war years as ‘gruesome’ and remembers poverty. She recalls the blitz and the V1’s and V2’s - doodle bugs.

The happy time during the war was when Hilda marriage in 1941. Hilda had three children, Barbara and Anthony; her second daughter died.

Hilda’s family lived in Bournemouth and latterly she lived in Oving, Buckinghamshire. She enjoyed travelling to Germany, the family had a caravan which she used to travel around the continent.

Hilda worked as a civil servant for most of her working life.

Hilda’s favourite past times include gardening, which she found fulfilling. She enjoyed reading and likes Terry Pratchett’s novels.

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