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April 17, 2020

Well Done Captain Tom Moore

by M J Farah

£20m in NHS fundraising

Media captionWatch as Capt Tom Moore completes his 100th lap

A 99-year-old war veteran hailed as a “one-man fundraising machine” by the Duke of Cambridge has now raised more than £20m for the NHS.

Capt Tom Moore originally aimed to raise just £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

More than 976,000 people have now made donations to his JustGiving page.

And more than half a million people have called for Capt Tom to be knighted in a petition to the Honours Committee.

The petition, which was set up earlier this week, has received more than 553,000 signatures after his efforts grabbed the nation’s attention.

As he finished the challenge on Thursday, Capt Tom said it was “an absolutely fantastic sum of money”.

In a tweet, he said he would be doing “less walking” on Friday but would be talking to TV channels in the United States, Argentina, Europe and the Middle East.

Media captionThe story of Captain Tom, the 99-year-old who raised more than £19m for the NHS

Speaking to BBC Radio 2 he said the sum of money was “absolutely enormous” and “very difficult to imagine”. He also thanked everyone who had donated for their support.

“I say thank you very much indeed. I appreciate it because the object for which we’re donating is so important and so necessary… I think you’re all so kind and thoughtful contributing to this cause,” he said.

The total includes an undisclosed donation from the Duke of Cambridge, who with the Duchess of Cambridge recorded a special video message for the veteran.

Tom Moore
Image captionCapt Tom served in India and Myanmar during World War Two

Prince William said: “It’s amazing and what I love also is that he’s a 99-year-old war vet.

“He’s been around a long time, he knows everything and it’s wonderful that everyone has been inspired by his story and his determination.

“He’s a one-man fundraising machine and God knows what the final total will be. But good on him, and I hope it keeps going.”

In response, Capt Tom said: “It’s absolutely amazing that my super prince can say something like that.”

He also said it was “a moment we will never forget”.

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Capt Tom, who is originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, has seemingly risen from nowhere to the status of near national treasure.

Keighley Town Council has tweeted that it will “honour the fundraising hero” with the freedom of the town.

Capt Tom with grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia
Image captionCapt Tom with grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia

Capt Tom began raising funds to thank NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip.

With the aid of a walking frame, he completed 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, in 10-lap chunks well before his birthday on 30 April.

NHS Charities Together said it was “truly inspired and humbled” by his efforts.

Captain Tom Moore
Image captionSoldiers from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment formed a Guard of Honour for the final laps

Tom Moore

Source BBC news

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