LONDON: Hats off to 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore who has walked 100 laps of his garden to raise over £27 million and counting for the NHS.
Captain Tom Moore lives in Bedfordshire and originally wanted to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. But he smashed his target after more than 700,000 people made donations to his fundraising page. As he finished the challenge, he said: “I feel fine, I hope you’re all feeling fine too.”
Capt Tom told the BBC earlier that the total amount raised so far was “an absolutely fantastic sum of money. I never dreamt I would be involved in such an occasion as this,” he said at the end of his final lap.
His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said: “We are absolutely floored by what has been achieved but we’re so happy, so humbled and so proud. He’s a beacon of hope in dark times and I think we all need something like this to believe in and it’s for such an amazing cause.” His granddaughter, Georgia, added she was “very proud” of him.
Capt Tom began raising funds to thank the “magnificent” 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.
Captain Tom Moore opened a new Nightingale hospital in Harrogate on Tuesday He appeared via video link at the opening on Tuesday.
A virtual ceremony was held to open the 500-bed facility at Harrogate Convention Centre, the first of seven field hospitals built outside a city. Capt Tom received a standing ovation from NHS staff and military personnel.