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WWII veteran, 99, raises almost £12m for UK health workers

WWII veteran, 99, raises almost £12m for UK health workers

WORLD: A 99-year-old British World War II veteran has raised almost £12 million (B489mn) in his fundraising challenge for frontline health workers by walking laps of his garden.

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By AFP

Thursday 16 April 2020, 03:15PM


Moore originally planned to raise £1,000 (B41,000) for a National Health Service charity. Photo: AFP

Moore originally planned to raise £1,000 (B41,000) for a National Health Service charity. Photo: AFP

Tom Moore, a captain who served in India, is being sponsored to complete 100 lengths of his 25-metre garden in time for his 100th birthday at the end of the month.

He originally planned to raise £1,000 (B41,000) for a National Health Service charity after receiving treatment for a broken hip and cancer.

But he is now approaching the £12-million mark and had to do just one more round of laps in his garden in Bedfordshire, south England, with the help of his walking frame.

“It’s marvellous for our doctors and nurses on the front line,” he said of the money raised.

“In the last war it was soldiers in uniform on the front line. This time our army are the doctors and nurses (in) uniforms,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain earlier this week.

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“We will survive this.”

Around 600,000 people have contributed funds, with the rate of donations causing the JustGiving page to temporarily crash.

A post on Moore’s Twitter account on Wednesday night (Apr 15) said: “It’s been a crazy 24 hours, and what with Tom doing his final laps... tomorrow, we expect tomorrow to be just as crazy.”

His last 10 laps will be shown live on Great Britain’s two biggest morning TV shows tomorrow (Apr 17).

The veteran has received online support from former Manchester United and Arsenal football captains Rio Ferdinand and Tony Adams, Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes, and several charities, television shows and newspapers.

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