Captain Tom Moore - the Yorkshireman who raised millions of pounds for the NHS
PUBLISHED: 12:13 04 May 2020 | UPDATED: 12:13 04 May 2020
We salute you, Tom!
If you’re ever looking for a true display of Yorkshire grit, you’ll find it in Captain Tom Moore. The 99-year-old army veteran, at time of going to press, was flying towards the £28million mark in his epic effort to raise money for NHS Charities Together. Now living in Bedfordshire, he was born and brought up in Keighley and attended Keighley Grammar School. The former civil engineer apprentice, who was then enlisted in the Second World War, has been completing laps of his garden with the aim of doing 100 laps before his 100th birthday. His campaign has been so successful he now aims to carry on once he reaches his target. The charity champ, who served in India and fought on the Arakan, went to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender, had originally set a £1,000 target. But donations poured in from across the globe in support of him and he has now raised millions.
‘I am humbled by the generosity of the British public and want to say thank you to everyone who has donated to the NHS Charities Together, in support of my 100 laps,’ says Tom. ‘Our NHS are incredible, and anything we can do to support and help them right now is what I intend to do before my 100th birthday.’