Thomas, our tortoise, taking up the 2.6 Challenge. He says he wants to encourage people at this difficult time and raise funds for the gardens, domestic animals and wildlife that are such an important part of his community of Holy Rood House. He knows how they help so many guests, of all ages, including children, with their sense of wellbeing. Understanding what it is like to be in lockdown he wants everyone to appreciate how our gardens and animals help people with their mental health. Over the next few weeks – as he is slow and steady – he is putting himself forward to be photographed on 26 occasions. He wants to show how he is an important part of the community, offering his support and his wisdom on staying well.