Coronavirus 19 – Social Distancing with 99 year old Captain Tom Moore and his multi-million pound fundraiser

I’ve touched on how nice I find it that celebrities and ‘stars’ have been thrust out of the lime-light this last month or so as finally the media wake up to what most of us knew… that they are almost pointless.  I wish the attention were given to every day people who accomplish great deeds and expect nothing in return.

As we see the death-toll around the world rise daily, there is one figure that is rising quicker and higher and that is the money raised by a man nearing his 100th birthday.

A 99-year-old army veteran who has raised more than £12m to help the NHS in the fight against Covid-19 has vowed to keep going even though he has smashed his original £1,000 target.

Tom Moore aimed to complete 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by Thursday, walking with the aid of a frame.  However he has now said he will not stop and hopes to do another 100.

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NHS Charities Together, which will benefit from the funds, said it was “truly inspired and humbled”.

Over 615,000 people from around the world have donated money to his fundraising page since it was set up last week.

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Mr Moore began raising funds to thank the “magnificent” NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip.

He hopes to walk 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, in 10-lap chunks, before his 100th birthday at the end of the month.

“Every penny that we get, they [the NHS] deserve every one of it,” he said, as the total exceeded the £5m mark earlier.

NHS Charities Together, which support health service charities and will benefit from the funds, said it was “truly inspired and humbled”.

Mr Moore was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire and trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the army for World War Two. He rose to captain and served in India and Burma.

“I do [laps] each day, so that eventually I’ll get to 100, then after that I shall continue and do some more,” he said.

The support so far had been “absolutely fabulous”, he added.

“Let’s all carry on and remember that things will get better,” Mr Moore said.

“We have had problems before – we have overcome them – and we shall all overcome the same thing again.”

Mr Moore began raising funds to thank the “magnificent” NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip.

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Money raised by him 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.

His effort was even mentioned in the governments daily Coronavirus Press Conference when Health Secretary Matt Hancock earlier thanked Mr Moore for his efforts and said he was “an inspiration to us all and we thank-you”.

You can see Captain Tom in action below

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4V2b25sB9jf33aQlKCO8cQ

More importantly you can support his great effort wherever you are by clicking on….

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalkforthenhs

In his most recent comments to the press, Captain Tom said  “I didn’t expect the challenge I set myself to get as big as this. The support I’ve had from across the world has been overwhelming. I have experienced people pulling together at times of crisis in the past and what’s happening today proves again the human spirit and community of our country is quite something.  In the last World War we had soldiers in uniform in khaki,. This time our Army are in doctors and nurses’ uniform. They’re doing such a marvellous job.”

The figure has increased by over £150,000 in the time it’s taken me to write this post.  Personally I would love to see Captain Tom to be Knighted on his 100th birthday.   What a great effort to be serving his country so splendidly almost 80 years after WW2.  It probably says a bit about us too who have given so generously when money is so tight for so many.

**Update at 8.30am, Captain Tom did it!!!***

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About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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5 Responses to Coronavirus 19 – Social Distancing with 99 year old Captain Tom Moore and his multi-million pound fundraiser

  1. Contractions of Fate says:

    Well said! Those old veterans are a breed apart. I saw him on the internet a couple of days ago, when he’d reached £5 million. Now it’s more than doubled!

    I agree with you. I’d love the Queen to knight him and hand him his 100th birthday telegram at the same event. And it should be filmed as an inspiration to future generations. I noticed a certain “TV celeb” nobody was mowing her lawn in her bikini, apparently not for charity but self-aggrandisement and publicity.

    All of the comments were of the ilk:
    “Who?”
    “Never heard of her” and
    “What a slapper!”

    o_O

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    • I think he has every chance of reaching £15 million; it’s gone up almost £400,000 since I checked at 5.30am Whoever that celeb is, she isn’t anywhere near the same class as us, let alone Captain Tom. I know if I had the chance to spend 15 minutes with one of them, it wouldn’t be the slapper!

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  2. wdfyfe says:

    Captain Moore I salute you!

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