An English World War II veteran who has been walking laps around his back garden has raised over £2.6 million pounds ($3.3 million) for the NHS in just one week.
99-year-old Tom Moore says the NHS have been “marvelous” in helping him recover from a hip replacement and skin cancer on his head over the last couple of years.
As a way of saying thank you, the former civil engineer has been doing daily laps of his 25-meter-long (82-foot) garden with the aim of walking 100 lengths by his 100th birthday on April 30th.
After hitting international headlines last week, however, Moore has quickly smashed through his target and has now raised over millions for frontline health workers fighting the novel coronavirus.
“I thank the British public from the bottom of my heart,” Moore told BBC. “It’s difficult to imagine all these kind people who have donated so far. It’s just amazing.”
Moore’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, who set up the fundraising page for him, has had to raise his target three different times from £1,000 to £100,000, then to £250,000 and £500,000.
Congratulations Tom , you are a true inspiration to all of us. Someone who has fought more than enough battles for one lifetime but still willing to go the extra mile at the grand old age of 99. We salute you Tom !
We know these are not easy times but its moments like that really define what we are as a nation , wether young or old , people coming together to do everything they can to support our front line workers in the quest to defeat covid-19.
Over the coming weeks we will be providing positive stories from around the world that we have found to give all of us at home something to feel positive about and keep smiling.