A 99-year-old war veteran who has raised millions for the NHS by aiming to walk 100 laps around his garden is almost at his goal – but he’s not planning to stop any time soon.
Captain Tom Moore, who served in the Second World War, initially set out to raise £1,000 by challenging himself to walk 100 times around his Bedfordshire garden before his 100th birthday on April 30.
This morning the veteran finished his final four laps and has become the single biggest fundraiser in the history of JustGiving by raising £12 million. But the veteran said he will keep walking as long as ‘generous’ people continue to donate.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Captain Tom, joined by his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that his advice to the nation during the pandemic is to remember that ‘we shall all get through it in the end’.
He said: ‘You’ve got to think things will be better, that the future is in front of us all and that without doubt things will get better and we should get through this very difficult time.
‘And please remember that tomorrow is a good day and we shall all get through it in the end.’
Captain Tom said it has been ‘unbelievable’ the amount of money he has managed to raise and called all the donors ‘super people’.
He thanked the NHS, who cared for his wife of 40 years Pamela before her death in 2016′, who he said would be ‘overawed by the sum of money’.
‘I think that it just shows that we are such a generous, thoughtful people throughout the country,’ said the father-of-two.
‘We are so generous in every way that this sort of money has come along but for such a XX purpose for our doctors, nurses and all the back-up people deserve everything we can give them’.
Speaking to medical staff and key workers directly, Captain Tom said: ‘You are all entering into something where you are putting yourself in danger and you’re doing that for the good of the people here. You are doing a marvellous marvellous job.’
‘I really stand for the goodness that we are all getting at the moment and ive always been one for providing a future air always think things will be good we’ve done so well with our country we’ve won so many battles in war and were going to win again
Several petitions have been campaigning to get Captain Tom, who served in India and Burma, a knighthood for his heroic efforts on and off the battlefield.
Speaking on the possibility of being knighted, Captain Tom said: ‘I would be absolutely amazed. I really would. I find it unbelievable that it is likely to happen – I could’ve never anticipated that.’
Speaking on his deep admiration for the Queen, Captain Tom said she is ‘absolutely marvellous’ and pointed out that they have much in common – they both served in her father’s army, King George VI.
He added: ‘I think we should all be so proud of her, she is the leader of the country and she’s always been so fervent as far as I’m concerned.
‘We couldn’t have a better queen than the one we’ve got and I hope she going to continue for a long time.’
But he concernedly added: ‘Who’s going to send her a card when she reaches 100?’
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