A 99-year-old WWII veteran has become an internet sensation after raising £2.2 million for the men and women of the NHS, just by walking around his back garden.
And what is even more impressive, is that Tom Moore has managed to raise this enormous amount of money in under one week.
Mr Moore, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday on 30th April, started the campaign because he wanted to say ‘thanks’ to the healthcare professionals who have, over the years, treated his broken hip and his skin cancer.
So he decided to start doing daily laps of his back garden, which is around 25-metres long, as a way of trying to raise money for the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping others.
He set himself a goal of walking 100 lengths (2,500 metres) by his 100th birthday. Tom can currently notch up around ten laps each day.
Thinking that his fundraising campaign would only be shared in the village where he lives in Marston Moretaine (England), he set an initial target of £1,000.
But the national press picked up the story and thanks to their coverage, Mr Moore has now raised £2.2 million via his JustGiving page!
Tom was born and brought up in Keighley, Yorkshire.
He went to Keighley Grammar School and later completed an apprenticeship as a Civil Engineer. Tom went onto being enlisted in 8 DWR (145 RAC) at the beginning of the war, and in 1940 was selected for Officer training.
He was later posted to 9DWR in India, and served and fought on the Arakan, went to Regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender and returned to be Instructor at Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington.
The considerable sum of money will now be donated to ‘NHS Charities Together’ (Charity registration No. 1186569), which ‘supports NHS Staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients’.
The money will then be used to ‘support the health and emotional wellbeing of those at the frontline of the NHS so that they can deliver the best care possible to coronavirus patients’.
Check out the video of Tom below and let us know what you think of this incredible feat in the comments section. Follow this link to visit Tom’s JustGiving page: justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalkforthenhs
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