You’re only as old as you feel, or so the cliche goes. And, if you’re Captain Tom Moore, you still feel young enough to enjoy a stroll around the garden and, while doing so, raising an absolute fortune for the UK’s National Health Service.
The army veteran, from Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, has been walking lengths of his garden, aiming to do 100 laps before he turns 100, with the goal being to raise £1,000 for the NHS, who have helped him so much over the years.
However, since Tom began his exercise on 6th April, he’s raised a staggering £6m and has now vowed to undertake another 100 laps.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: “I thank the British public from the bottom of my heart.
“Who would have thought that when I set a target of £1,000 a week ago, it could have reached £800,000?”
“It’s difficult to imagine all these kind people who have donated so far. It’s just amazing.”
Tom received treatment and help from the NHS during a hip replacement surgery and during a battle with skin cancer and his efforts are aimed at giving something back to those that helped him during a time where thousands of healthcare staff are risking their lives on the front line of the battle against Coronavirus.
The army veteran served in the eighth battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (8 DWR) at the beginning of the second world war, serving in India and Sumatra, before returning to be Instructor at Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington.
An incredible achievement made possible by an incredible man. What a hero.