We salute you, Capt Tom! Hero raises £3.5m for NHS


A 99-YEAR-OLD Second World War veteran who set himself the challenge of walking 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday for charity has raised more than £5 million for the NHS in just over a day.

He has already raised over £1.5 million.

Despite fighting in a world war, Moore said he's not the real hero.

Starting on the weekend before Easter, the remarkable pensioner reached his initial target of raising £1,000 in only 24 hours and passed £100,000 a day later.

Mr Moore, originally from Keighley in Yorkshire, was aiming to walk 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden before he turns 100 on April 30.

His aim was to raise £1,000 by completing 100 laps at his home in central England before his 100th birthday.

"Captain Tom, you're an inspiration to us all, and we thank you". Never in my wildest imagination did I think this would be possible.

Tom is now in lockdown with his family in Bedfordshire and set himself an initial target of £1,000 for the fundraiser.

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"The patience and kindness that I got from all of them, top to bottom, was absolutely fantastic", he said.

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.

Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the army during WWII.

The fundraiser, which was set up by his daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, is his way of showing his gratitude to those who have helped him - at a time when resources are stretched due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Whilst he's had a life full of objective, he did fall and break his hip and became much less independent than he had been for the preceding 98 years", Hannah Ingram-Moore told the BBC on Wednesday.

Selected for Officer training in 1940, he rose to the rank of Captain and served in 8 DWR (145 RAC), later being posted to 9 DWR in India.

The funds will go to NHS Charities Together.