99-Year-Old British Army Veteran Raises $6 Million for NHS by Walking Laps of His Garden
Age is no excuse for one British veteran who helped raise money for health services in his country as they battle the coronavirus. He surpassed his goals by much more than anyone anticipated.
Former Captain Tim Moore began a fundraising effort last Thursday. He wanted to raise $1,257 for the UK's National Health Service. Having just undergone hip replacement surgery, Moore, 99, was exercising more.
His daughter gave him the idea to turn his exercise into a challenge and to ask others to donate to the hospitals. Moore initially planned to get it done by his 100th birthday on April 30.
Challenging himself for others
What he did was make laps around his garden with the help of a walking frame. He's doing 10 laps per day and now hopes to do 100 by Thursday. His 16-year-old grandson set up a Twitter account to raise awareness.
Now with 70k followers, Moore raised the $1,257 within the first 24 hours. By Monday, he had raised over $6 million for the NHS. BBC News did a feature with Moore and his daughter, who he lives with.
Everyone cheered for the veteran, who thanked all the donators and supporters. "[The NHS] deserves every one of those pennies!" said Moore in the interview.
The NHS staff assisted Moore after his recent surgery amid the COVID-19 outbreak. According to BBC, the money will go towards rest and recuperation areas, well-being packs, and electronic devices.
"You've done it! People have donated over £5m!"— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) April 15, 2020
99-year-old army veteran Captain Tom Moore says it is "completely out of this world" after finding out he has raised over £5m for NHS charitieshttps://t.co/gRReTgJbJE pic.twitter.com/BB3g0ka8lW
Moore's admirable past
It will also be used to assist patients after they have left hospitals. Moore was reportedly born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, and now resides in Marston Moretaine.
He was a civil engineer before he served as a British Army Captain in the Second World War. He went on to become the managing director in a concrete manufacturing firm.
In addition to his daughter, Hannah Ingram, Moore lives with his son-in-law and two grandchildren. His wife passed away back in 2006. Ingram described her dad as "a hard worker and a grafter."
CEOs and royals also help
Meanwhile, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, also did his part to help out the cause by donating 100,000 N95 masks to the city of Illinois. The protective gear is intended for frontline health care personnel.
Update from the Chair of the National Emergencies Trust, Lord Dannatt Just under £12 million raised now. https://t.co/ruKWIBR9jg— National Emergencies Trust - #NETCharityChamps (@NatEmergTrust) March 26, 2020
According to the new National Emergencies Trust, the money will first go towards front line charities. It looks like both royalty and regular folk are in positions to help. We can all do our part.
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