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UK WWII veteran raises millions for the NHS by walking laps in his garden

Issued on: 15/04/2020 – 17:54Modified: 15/04/2020 – 17:54

A 99-year-old British army veteran who started walking laps in his garden as part of a humble fundraiser for the National Health Service has surprised himself by generating millions of pounds.

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Tom Moore's family used social media to help him get donations to support health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to thank the doctors and nurses who took care of him when he broke his hip.

Moore, who uses a walker while putting in his paces, aimed to complete 100 laps of his 25-metre garden before he turns 100 on April 30.

His family thought it would be a stretch to reach the 1,000-pound fundraising goal set for Moore's campaign last week. But the drive clearly captured the public mood at a time of national crisis. Within days, the cause attracted more than 250,000 supporters pledging more than 7.7 million pounds.

Celebrities, fellow veterans, health workers and many other Britons have rallied behind Moore after the World War II veteran and his family appeared on national television.

Im Captain Tom Moore, war veteran, 99 years of age (soon to be 100) and Im walking for the NHS to raise money for our heroes.https://t.co/M1dkvoV3kE

— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) April 10, 2020

Moore said the response was “completely out of this world".

“Thank you so much to all you people who sRead More – Source

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