99-year-old veteran raises £18 million for healthcare workers by walking around his garden
Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old veteran, has raised £18 million ($22.4 million) for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) by completing 100 laps around his back garden.
Ahead of his 100th birthday, the World War Two veteran decided he’d mark that rather significant milestone with a fundraiser for healthcare workers facing the coronavirus pandemic.
Moore originally aimed to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, the collection of charities supporting staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients, by walking around his garden. Now, he’s not only completed his 100th lap before his birthday, he also raised an incredible £18 million.
Moore completed 10 laps per day of his garden in Bedfordshire, UK, so he could achieve his target of 100. His back garden is 25 metres in length. His 100th birthday falls at the end of April. On Thursday morning, ahead of schedule, Moore completed the final 25 lengths of his garden with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment by his side.