We live in strange times. Coronavirus pandemic has already changed the world, so here’s a story that’ll warm your heart in self-isolation times.
Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old veteran, has raised £14 million ($17.3 million) for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) by completing 100 laps around his back garden.
This WWII veteran decieded to jump in and help 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 £14 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.
According to the JustGiving fundraising page, Moore is from Keighley in Yorkshire, UK. He served in the eighth battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (DWR) at the beginning of the Second World War, and in 1940 he was selected for officer training.
“He was later posted to 9DWR in India, and served and fought on the Arakan, went to Regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender and returned to be Instructor at Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington,” reads Moore’s bio on JustGiving. He now lives in Bedfordshire with his daughter and two grandchildren.