99-Year-Old Army Veteran Raises $2 Million for Charity by Walking in His Backyard

A 99-year-old military veteran has raised more than £2.1 million ($2.7 million) to help U.K. healthcare workers in the fight against the coronavirus.

Tom Moore, with the help of a walking frame, is aiming to complete 100 laps of his backyard in Bedfordshire, England, by his 100th birthday at the end of April to raise funds for NHS Charities Together.

He set up a fundraising page last week and initially aimed to raise $1,250. That target was hit in just 24 hours and a second target of $125,000 was also quickly reached.

On Tuesday, Moore's new goal of $1.26 million was surpassed. By Tuesday afternoon, he had raised more than $2.7 million with donations from more than 100,000 people.

WOW WOW WOW

1.5 million pounds for our amazing NHS

I am blown away by the Great British public and their generosity!
You are all so amazing and showing what is so special about our great Nation.

Thank you#walkwithtom #TomorrowWillBeAGoodDay

— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) April 14, 2020

As his latest target was hit, Moore—who is known as "Captain Tom"—took to Twitter to say thanks to those who donated.

"I may be walking in my garden to raise money, but this is the British public's contribution. You are all wonderful - and make Great Britain - GREAT," he wrote. "Thanks to everyone - we stand united even during the most testing of times. WOW!"

Ellie Orton, the CEO of NHS Charities Together, said Moore's efforts were "truly inspirational." She wrote on Twitter: "Truly inspirational and profoundly humbling, Captain Tom you're a role model for each and everyone of us."

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Captain Tom Moore has raised more than $2 million to support healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Maytrix Group

The charity will use the funds raised by Moore and others to provide well-being packs for NHS staff, rooms for rest and recuperation and electronic devices to help patients in hospital stay in touch with family and friends, according to the BBC.

Moore told the BBC that he started his fundraising campaign to thank the NHS staff who helped him with his cancer treatment and after he broke a hip.

He said he hopes to have completed his 100 laps by Thursday, but added that he will continue the fundraising campaign and do another 100.

"When you think of who it is all for—all those brave and super doctors and nurses we have got—I think they deserve every penny and I hope we get some more for them, too," he added. "Let's all carry on and remember that things will get better."

Moore and his family have been contacted for additional comment.

Moore was born and raised in Keighley, West Yorkshire, according to a biography on his JustGiving page. He trained to become a civil engineer before enlisting in the British Army at the start of World War II.

He served in India before returning to the U.K to become an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset.

This infographic, provided by Statista, shows the spread of COVID-19 cases around the world as of April 14.

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This infographic shows the spread of COVID-19 cases around the world as of April 14. Statista

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