In these Very Weird Times, we’ll take all the heartwarming news we can get. And somehow, the UK’s feelgood story of the week just got even better.
Captain Tom Moore, a war veteran based in Bedfordshire, has smashed his fundraising target ahead of his hundredth birthday, raising close to £13 million.
Earlier this month, the 99-year-old started a campaign to raise money for the NHS as he pledged to walk 100 lengths of his back garden before his milestone birthday. And today he completed the final lap to a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.
Moore has been doing ten laps a day of his 25-metre garden with the help of his walking aid. Originally, his target was £1,000 but after launching the campaign on April 8, he raised £70,000 in 24 hours. As of this morning, he’s now accumulated £12.8 million with over 650,000 donations made, and the total is still rising. The funds will go to NHS Charities Together.
Speaking to BBC News and on hearing that he’d raised £5 million, Moore said it was ‘completely out of this world’.
No, YOU’RE crying.
In other heartwarming news, this volunteer is keeping elderly Londoners going.