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Captain Tom Moore continues to march on for the NHS with his rollator

100-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore has raised over £18 million for the NHS since his challenge to walk 100 lengths of his garden by his 100th birthday went viral.

Originally hoping to raise £1,000, the army veteran’s efforts have won over the hearts of people across the world, with Tom receiving donations to his fundraising page from hundreds of thousands of people globally.

Starting on the weekend before Easter, the remarkable pensioner reached his initial target of raising £1,000 in only 24 hours and passed £100,000 a day later. The day after that, the amount exceeded £250,000.

Aiding Captain Tom in his momentous effort to do 10 laps a day in his Bedfordshire garden is his Drive DeVilbiss rollator, which has been seen by millions following Tom’s appearances on BBC Breakfast and ITV News.

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Since taking to the small screen, Tom’s efforts grabbed the attention of national news outlets, charities, celebrities and the nation as a whole, with the amount being donated skyrocketing in that time.

Speaking to the BBC, Tom said he wanted to help support those within the NHS working to help the country overcome the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the country.

“When you think of who it is all for – all those brave and super doctors and nurses we have got – I think they deserve every penny, and I hope we get some more for them too,” he told the BBC.

Born and raised in Keighley, Yorkshire where he trained as a civil engineer, Tom went on to be enlisted in the eighth battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (8 DWR) at the beginning of World War II before being selected for officer training in 1940.

Eventually rising to the rank of Captain, Tom served in both India and Burma during the global conflict.

On Thursday (his birthday), Captain Tom turned 100 and completed his challenge, finishing his final lap with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment there to commemorate the achievement.

Committing to going above and beyond his 100 lengths, Captain Tom has said he will continue to march on for the NHS to continue supporting the NHS throughout the coronavirus crisis.

He has single-handedly achieved the highest total raised by an individual on JustGiving.

To donate to Captain Tom Moore’s effort, visit his JustGiving page.

All money will go to NHS Charities Together and directly helps those on the frontlines.

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