Yorkshire veteran Captain Tom Moore completes NHS fundraiser with £12m donated
Army veteran Captain Tom Moore has completed 100 laps of his garden, having raised more than £12 million for NHS workers.
After reaching his target, completed with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, the 99-year-old said he felt “fine” and that he was glad to be “surrounded by the right sort of people”,
The Yorkshireman has received multiple messages of thanks from NHS workers, sports personalities and politicians.
Originally from Keighley, Captain Tom trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Army for the Second World War, rising to captain and serving in India and Burma.
Mr Moore, who now lives with his family in Bedfordshire, had hoped to raise £1,000 for the NHS when he started the challenge last week.
Captain Tom’s amazing campaign has broken lots of records – it’s the largest total raised on JustGiving, the fastest growing campaign on the platform and has attracted donations and media coverage from around the world.
He began raising funds to thank the "magnificent" NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip.
More than 630,000 people have made donations.
Captain Tom told the BBC before completing the challenge that the total amount raised so far was "an absolutely fantastic sum of money".
"We could never imagine that sort of money and it's unbelievable that people could be so kind to give that sort of money to the NHS," he said.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Mr Moore was "an inspiration to us all".
"This is an awful crisis but there are some little shafts of light," he said.Wate