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Coronavirus: War veteran, 99, wanted to raise £1,000 for NHS – he’s currently on £7m

By July 2, 2020 No Comments

A 99-year-old veteran has raised more than £7m for the NHS by walking around his garden.

Captain Tom Moore had originally hoped to raise £1,000 by walking 100 lengths of his 25-metre garden in Bedfordshire.

More than a quarter of million people have now donated and at one point more than 90,000 were on his page at the same time.

His aim was to complete it before he turns 100 on 30 April – but he is currently on track to finish by Thursday.

Captain Moore’s Twitter account posted just before 3pm on Wednesday: “7 MILLION POUNDS!!!! The Great British public, your generosity is just incredible! THANK YOU!!”

Previously, when the amount reached £5m, the account posted: “5 MILLION! Huge thank you to .@JustGiving who had over 90,000 people on Tom’s page at one time, and had to try ensure that the site didn’t crash. WOW – just speechless.”

Originally from Keighley in Yorkshire, Mr Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the army for the Second World War, rising to captain and serving in India and Burma.

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Comments on his fundraising page praised the 99-year-old as an “inspiration” and “a true hero to many”.

One donor, Mike Davies, wrote: “Great Job, Capt Tom. In these times where all news seems depressing, it’s great to hear the story of a true British hero.”

Donations to NHS Charities Together can be made at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalkforthenhs

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