Captain Tom, 99, raises millions for UK health workers

Retired British Army Captain Tom Moore, 99, has raised millions for health workers after walking round his garden 100 times.
Retired British Army Captain Tom Moore, 99, has raised millions for health workers after walking round his garden 100 times.
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Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old British war veteran, has now raised more than £25m (R588m) for the UK’s health service by walking 100 laps of his garden.

The World War 2 veteran, who has used a walking frame with wheels since breaking his hip, set himself the target of walking the 25m around his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday on April 30.

He completed his task on Thursday.

His original target was to raise £1,000 (R23,515) but that modest aim was blown away as media attention from around the globe zoomed in on his garden in Bedfordshire, central England.

Moore will be the guest of honour when a new “Nightingale” field hospital opens in Harrogate in northern England this week, which is being set up to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

“I am still amazed by the amount of kindness and generosity from the UK public, who continue to give despite it being an uncertain time for many,” Moore said on Saturday. — Reuters


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