Matt Hancock pays tribute to Captain Tom Moore for £7,000,000 fundraiser

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has offered a personal thanks to Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old army veteran who has raised over £7 million for the NHS.

The health secretary opened today’s daily press briefing by paying tribute to the war hero, who originally pledged to raise £1,000 by walking 100 laps of his Bedforshire Garden.

The campaign hit headlines around the world, and within 24 hours more than £1 million had been donated on Tuesday morning.

But the generosity of the British public has proved it knows no bounds, with donations quickly racking up to £5 million on Wednesday morning and £7m by this afternoon.

Mr Hancock said: ‘I want to pay a special tribute to Captain Tom Moore, who at the age of 99 has raised over £7 million so far for NHS charities. Captain Tom, you’re an inspiration to us all and we thank you.’

Mr Moore, originally from Keighley in Yorkshire, began to raise funds to thank the ‘magnificent’ NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip.

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After reaching the £7 million milestone, his twitter account said: ‘7 MILLION POUNDS!!!! The Great British public, your generosity is just incredible! THANK YOU!!’

Famous faces around the world have praised his fundraising efforts, including England Hooker Jamie George, Boris Johnon’s finacee Carrie Symonds and the US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson

Meanwhile, a school girl has started a campaign for children to make cards for his 100th birthday on 30 April.

Reegan Davies, 8, from Port Talbot, Wales, has set a goal of making 1,500 virtual cards for Mr Moore, who served in India and Burma.

If you would like to donate, click on this link to Tom’s fundraising page.

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