To update my blog from yesterday, 99-year-old army veteran Tom Moore has now raised an incredible £5 million (as of 10am this morning) for the NHS!
Tom originally hoped to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, to thank “magnificent” staff after recent treatment for a broken hip and cancer by walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by Thursday, with the aid of a frame.
However, he has captured the nation’s heart and now raised more than £5 million to support NHS heroes on the frontline of the coronavirus war.
NHS Charities Together, which will benefit from the funds, said it was “truly inspired and humbled”.
Money raised by Tom and others for the charity is being spent on well-being packs for NHS staff, rest and recuperation rooms, electronic devices to enable hospital patients to keep in contact with loved ones, and working with community groups to support patients once they have been discharged from hospitals.
Tom was born and raised in Keighley, West Yorkshire, where he went to grammar school and later went on to complete an apprenticeship as a Civil Engineer. He was then enlisted in 145 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps at the beginning of the war, and in 1940 was selected for Officer Training. After completion, Captain Tom Moore went on to be posted in the 9 DWR in India and served and fought on the Arakan and Burma. When his overseas duties were completed, Tom returned to the UK to become an Instructor at The Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset.
Speaking to the BBC about his fundraising, Tom said he “thanked the British public from then bottom of my heart.”
As the millions of pounds in donations show, the British public feels exactly the same way about you, Tom.