Ninety-nine-year-old war veteran raises millions for NHS Charities Together

Captain Tom Moore originally hoped to raise £1,000 by doing 100 lengths of his back garden before his 100th birthday on 30 April, but the public response has been enormous

A 99-year-old war veteran has raised more than £4.7m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden.

Captain Tom Moore, who is originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, said on his JustGiving fundraising page that he wanted to walk 100 lengths of his 25m-long back garden before his 100th birthday on 30 April to help raise money to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Moore, a Second World War veteran, had initially hoped to raise £1,000 to help the fight against Covid-19, but exceeded that target 70 times over in the first 24 hours after he launched the fundraising appeal on 8 April.

The money raised will go to NHS Charities Together and will be used for wellbeing packs and rest and recuperation centres for NHS staff on the front line, as well as for electronic devices for patients to communicate with their families while in isolation.

The figure raised has been rising extremely rapidly and stood at more than £4.7m from in excess of 230,000 donations at 9am on Wednesday. 

More than £2m had been donated since about 5pm on Tuesday. 

Moore broke his hip a year and a half ago, he told the BBC Breakfast television show, and wanted to repay the NHS for the care he received during his recovery.

“I hope that people will contribute to the NHS fund,” he told the BBC. “They deserve so much more than we could give them. But the best we can do is what we should do.”

He also said he would continue doing the laps if he reached his 100-lap target.

The JustGiving page for donations can be found here.

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