World War Two veteran Captain Tom Moore has been fundraising for NHS workers helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic by walking 100 laps of his garden before he turns 100 at the end of the month. Originally, his fundraising target was £1,000, but now the total has reached more than a million. In fact, the demand was so high that during an interview with BBC Breakfast, host Dan Walker revealed to the veteran live on-air that the donation page had actually crashed.
Mr Walker said: “We’re trying to bring you an update on the money this morning, but you know what?
“The page where people are donating has actually crashed.
“So there’s so many people trying to give money this morning, which is great news.”
At the time of writing, Captain Tom had raised £1,157,920.12 for the NHS.
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Captain Tom Moore and his daughter Hannah
Captain Tom told the BBC that the number was “unbelievable”.
He said: “When you think about who it’s for, those brave and super doctors and nurses we’ve got, I think they deserve every penny.
“I hope we get some more for them too.
“Every day, I’m doing about 10, what I call a lap, of our lovely house.”
The original target was only £1000.
He continued: “I do it each day so eventually I’ll get the 100.
“After that, I shall continue and do some more so long as our good, super nurses are getting some more money.
“Because they deserve every penny coming.”
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The veteran added: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic that so many people are paying attention.
“So much is going on and I’ll get some benefit out of it because I really am pleased for doing this.
“Serving our nurses and our doctors and all the people in our national service who are putting their lives on the line.”
The CEO of NHS Charities Together, Ellie Orton, thanked Captain Tom: “I think I join the rest of the country by being truly inspired and profoundly humbled by what he’s achieved.
“He’s an example of service at its very best.”