Boy With Spina Bifida Inspired by WWII Hero Raises Over $180,000 Walking 10 Meters a Day | 22 Words

A 6-year-old boy with Spina Bifida has been well and truly inspired by the tireless work of Captain Tom Moore, so he has decided to raise his own money by walking 10 meters a day with his walking frame...

In our hour of need...

We rely on the incredible work of the emergency services and healthcare professionals.

And when it comes to medical pandemics?

It's these people who are on the front line trying to protect us.

And more often than not...

They don't even have sufficient protective gear, or at least, not enough of it to go around - i.e. proper masks.

We can get so wrapped up in ourselves, that we forget how much we rely on these people...

And of course, the fact that they are exposed to sick people day in day out - working hours that many of us couldn't even begin to imagine.

And of course, this is no different when it comes to the current outbreak.

As the situation gets more serious, we are leaning on the vital work of healthcare professionals more and more.

In fact, things have gotten so bad that retired healthcare professionals are being asked to return.

Yep, really. Over the pond in the U.K. tens of thousands of retired medics are being asked to return to the UK's National Health Service in order to "boost frontline services," as per the BBC.

Healthcare services are strained as it is...

And we have to remember that they are people too.

But of course, there is still so much good in the world.

For example, some kindhearted people have been donating protective masks to healthcare workers.

People have also been coming up with other ways to show their gratitude.

Small gestures like this go a long way.

Celebrities, athletes, and civilians have all been lending a helping hand.

Whether it's donating money and supplies, or just spreading a positive message on social media, everyone is coming together to do their bit.

And one army veteran has embarked on one more mission to serve his country.

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Mr. Moore from Yorkshire was posted to India during WWII, and he later fought on the Arakan.

Despite already risking his life to serve his country, the ninety-nine-year-old still has plenty more to give.

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Even if it takes him a little bit longer to do it now.

His life took a whole new path when the second world war broke out.

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He went on to being enlisted in the British army at the beginning of the war, and in 1940 was selected for officer training.

More recently, Captain Tom Moore has been using his time to support Britain's key workers.

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Moore - with help from the more tech-savvy members of his family - set up a fundraiser for all the doctors and nurses risking their lives during this crisis earlier this month.

It just goes to show, every little helps.

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His goal was to walk one-hundred laps of his garden before he turns one-hundred at the end of this month.

Originally, his plan was to raise £500,000 ($623,700)...

But his target was soon surpassed.

The entire nation was eager to donate to the veteran...

And BBC reporter, Dan Walker, revealed the site had crashed due to such high demand.

The donations have been building by the day...

And at the time of writing this article, Captain Tom's Just Giving page now stands at an incredible $27,997,189. FYI, that's the equivalent of $37 million... just let that sink in.

Moore has now completed his challenge...

And it's easy to say that he has done more for his country than any politician or famous person has.

Captain Tom has now become a national hero...

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And he has inspired so many people... including one certain little boy.

This is 6-year-old Frank Mills...

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Coming from Bristol in the U.K, the little boy suffers from Spina Bifida - a condition where a baby’s spine does not develop properly in the womb.

He only started walking with his frame eighteen months ago...

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And after seeing Captain Tom's amazing achievement, Frank decided that he wanted to do the same for his NHS.

He initially wanted to raise £99 to match Captain Tom’s age...

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And last week, he started walking his laps. Frank's mom, Janet, said to BBC Radio Bristol, "Frank just said: 'I want to do that!'. So we grabbed hold of that magic moment of motivation and we took his walker outside for him. We chalked out ten meters on the pavement with a start and finish line and 2-meter 'you can do it!' markers."

Frank's ambitious journey has quickly gone viral nationwide...

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"Frank’s enthusiasm was not just surprising but invigorating and as he shouted at one of our neighbors to sponsor him, we thought why not? Maybe we could get some friends and family to support Frank," Janet said. "We quickly put something up on JustGiving and shared the link on Facebook, and from that moment it took off! We cannot believe how people are responding."

So far, Frank has raised £148,832...

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Which is approximately $183,531! His parents have named it "Frank's Finish Line Fundraiser," and of course, they are unbelievably proud of their son.

This is the least that the U.K's NHS deserves...

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Janet and dad Tony say they are extremely grateful for the work of the NHS with their son – hailing their "amazing care and dedication."

The money raised will be donated to NHS charities.

A job well done, Frank! Make sure to keep scrolling to read about the delivery guy who specially sanitizes parcels for a girl with an autoimmune disorder...