War veteran Tom Moore, 99, has raised millions for NHS by walking laps of his garden

16 April 2020, 08:36 | Updated: 16 April 2020, 08:41

War veteran Tom Moore has raised over £12 million for NHS
War veteran Tom Moore has raised over £12 million for NHS. Picture: PA

By Sian Hamer

The 99-year-old set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 lengths of his garden, and he’s already raised over £12 million.

Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old army veteran originally from Yorkshire, set out to raise money for the NHS by walking 100 lengths of his garden before he turned 100 at the end of the month.

But the £1,000 target Moore set on his JustGiving page last week has been smashed, as more than £12 million has already been donated.

The fundraiser passed the £1 million mark on Tuesday morning, and by the evening it had already hit £4 million.

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The war veteran, who served in India and Burma, set a goal of walking 10 laps of his back garden each day to hit 100 lengths before his 100th birthday on April 30.

The task is in aid of NHS Charities Together, with donations going to help the NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by COVID-19.

So far, over 625,000 people have supported Tom, helping him to surpass his original target of £1,000 by an incredible 2444%.

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"Another lovely day and we have just looked at the amazing total this morning," Moore shared from his Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

"Thank you so much to the British public who have offered their support for our incredible @NHSuk. I have another 10 laps to do today."

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Tom was born and brought up in Keighley, Yorkshire, where he trained as a civil engineer before being enlisted in the army for the Second World War.

NHS Charities Together, who Tom is raising money for, give £1 million a day to the NHS, providing vital funds and helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.

You can make a donation to Tom Moore's JustGiving page here.