Captain Tom Moore, a former British Army officer known for his philanthropic work began a fundraising campaign to raise money for NHS Charities Together, a group of charities supporting staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients in the British public health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He aimed to complete one hundred 25 m (27 yd) laps in his garden, ten laps per day, with the help of a walking frame, branding the endeavour “Tom’s 100th Birthday Walk For The NHS”
His initial goal? To raise a £1,000.
He has since raised in excess of £28 million, the largest-ever amount raised by a JustGiving campaign.
More than 1.3 million individuals have donated.
Captain Moore explained his motivation :
When we started off with this exercise we didn’t anticipate we’d get anything near that sort of money. It’s really amazing. All of them, from top to bottom, in the National Health Service, they deserve everything that we can possibly put in their place. They’re all so brave. Because every morning or every night they’re putting themselves into harm’s way, and I think you’ve got to give them full marks for that effort. We’re a little bit like having a war at the moment. But the doctors and the nurses, they’re all on the front line, and all of us behind, we’ve got to supply them and keep them going with everything that they need, so that they can do their jobs even better than they’re doing now.
Tributes and messages of congratulations have poured in from politicians, celebrities and NHS workers, while a petition has been set up for him to receive a knighthood.
An inspiration indeed. 🌸
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