Incredible army veteran set to raise over £500k for NHS

Examples of the military playing their part in the the huge national fight back against Coronavirus are widespread, but a special mention must go to 99-year-old army veteran, Tom Moore who is set to raise over £500,000 by completing 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by Thursday, walking with the aid of a frame.

Tom originally hoped to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, to thank “magnificent” staff after recent treatment for a broken hip and cancer. But, over the course over a week more than 24,000 people have contributed over £500,000.

Tom has already completed 70 laps of the 25-metre loop in his garden, and is taking them on 10-laps at a time.

However, with the hot weather over the weekend, he decided to do 10 laps over two days to pace himself.

He is still ahead of schedule and hopes to complete the 2.5km distance by Thursday, instead of his initial target of his 100th birthday on 30 April.

Speaking to the BBC, Tom said he “thanked the British public from then bottom of my heart.”

As the thousands of donations show, the British public feels exactly the same way about you, Tom.

Hilary Meredith