100 poems in 100 days is Amanda's challenge to help fund family fun day at Stonea Camp
A Wimblington woman is following in the footsteps of former Fenland hero Captain Sir Tom Moore in a bid to raise money to put on a family day at a local heritage site.
Amanda Carlin, who is part of the Heritage, Cultural and Community (HCC) Stonea group is aiming to write 100 poems in 100 days and is hoping locals will help by providing topics for her prose and sponsoring her efforts.
She has been inspired by the charity initiative Captain Tom’s 100 Challenge launched in memory of the NHS fundraising hero by his family to mark what would have been his 101st birthday.
Posting on her Gofundme page Amanda explained: “Heritage, Cultural & Community (HCC) Stonea is a constitutionalised group, whose purpose is to continue research, publicise and promote the history of Stonea Camp in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire.
“Stonea Camp is Britain’s lowest lying Iron Age Hill Fort, and is connected to the Iceni tribe; therefore in visiting Stonea Camp you are walking in the footsteps of Boudicca, a military leader who held the Romans off for longer than any other recorded in history.
“There’s soooo much to tell of this fascinating site and so much more to find, so further research and archaeological digs are needed. Over the years HCC Stonea has found the easiest way to present the historical fact we know of today, is by holding open days.
“HCC Stonea’s open days are GREAT fun, they include re-enactment, Celts, Romans, warrior training, Roman & Iron Age lifestyle interactive activities, archaeological dig boxes, fire through the ages, bushcrafting, storytelling, guided tours, participation from local museums and archaeological groups to name just a few.
“As we come out of lockdown and when it’s safe to do so, HCC Stonea would like to organise and deliver another open day, and as lockdown has been tough on families, we would like that event to be safely organised and free and accessible for all, as this is very important to us.
“As you can imagine, putting on such an event costs thousands of pounds to organise and put on.
“So taking inspiration from a dear man who lived locally for many years and not far from Stonea Camp, I am taking up Captain Tom’s 100 challenge and intend writing100 poems in 100 days!
“I am asking people to give me 100 subjects to write the poems on, and for people to kindly sponsor my efforts, if able and indeed want to.”
“More information on HCC Stonea and our work can be found here; www.Facebook.com/hccstoneacambs”
To sponsor Amanda or to suggest a topic visit the Facebook page or go to her Gofundme page to donate.