99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore

British veteran's garden walk raises $18 million for National Health Service

Captain Tom Moore, who served during WWII in India and Burma and with the aid of a walking frame, decided to raise money for charity to help the nation fight 'it's next big battle'; 'We've always won and we're going to win again,' says 99-year-old

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Published: 04.16.20 , 18:53
A 99-year-old World War II veteran has completed his quest to walk 100 laps of his garden in eastern England and raised £14.5 million ($18 million) for Britain’s National Health Service.
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  • Tom Moore’s humble mission to support health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic became a national rallying point. Tens of thousands of Britons pledged donations as Moore pursued a goal of finishing the laps before his 100th birthday on April 30.
    Moore's initial goal was £500,000. He has raised more than 2,000% of his target.
    99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore
    99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore
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    With the aid of a walking frame, he reached his target Thursday. Nine soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment, a unit linked to Moore’s former British army regiment, lined the paved walkway in his Bedfordshire backyard, forming an honor guard for the veteran’s final laps.
    “I’ve fought so many battles and we’ve always won, and we’re going to win again,” Moore told British broadcaster ITV.
    He added that health workers on the front line “deserve everything we can give them.”
    Moore started the fundraiser as a way to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for him after he broke his hip. His family initially set a target of raising 1,000 pounds. The campaign went viral after Moore appeared on national television, and millions were raised within a week.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Moore “embodied the spirit of the country.”
    Military personnel and others welcome 99-year old British military veteran Tom Moore, completing the 100th length of his garden at his home in Marston Moretaine, England Military personnel and others welcome 99-year old British military veteran Tom Moore, completing the 100th length of his garden at his home in Marston Moretaine, England
    Military personnel and others welcome 99-year old British military veteran Tom Moore, completing the 100th length of his garden at his home in Marston Moretaine, England
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    “Tom has captured the heart of the nation with his heroic efforts,” Johnson spokesman James Slack said.
    His daughter Hannah said her father had become “a beacon of hope for people” during challenging times. She described the donations as “beyond words.”
    A young Captain Tom Moore in his British Army uniform A young Captain Tom Moore in his British Army uniform
    A young Captain Tom Moore in his British Army uniform
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    Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the army during World War II. He rose to the rank of captain and served in India and Burma.
    The online fundraising platform JustGiving said Moore’s campaign created the largest donation the site has ever made.
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    99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore
    99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore
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