After WWII hero Captain Tom Moore finished the 100th lap of his garden, he didn’t expect to be the talking point of the entire nation, let alone the entire world. The veteran managed to raise a whopping $35 million to provide aid to front line workers. And now, on his 100th birthday, the Queen decided she would give him a day to remember.
Keep scrolling to see all the amazing photos from the spectacular occasion…
In our time of need, we rely heavily on the incredible work of the emergency services and healthcare professionals.
It’s these people who are on the front line trying to protect us.
They don’t even have sufficient protective gear, or at least, not enough of it to go around – i.e. proper masks.
Not to mention the long hours and mental health repercussions that come along with this.
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.
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.
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.
Whether it’s donating money and supplies, or just spreading a positive message on social media, everyone is coming together to do their bit.
Mr. Moore from Yorkshire was posted to India during WWII, and he later fought on the Arakan.
Even if it takes him a little bit longer to do it now.
After attending Grammar School, Moore later completed an apprenticeship as a Civil Engineer… Which is no mean feat.
He went on to being enlisted in the British army at the beginning of the war, and in 1940 was selected for officer training.
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 in the month.
His goal was to walk one-hundred laps of his garden before he turns one-hundred at the end of this month and of course, he reached his target. Keep scrolling to see a heartwarming video of him completing his final lap.
But his target was quickly surpassed.
And BBC reporter, Dan Walker, revealed the site had crashed due to such high demand.
He said: “When you think about who it’s for, those brave and super doctors and nurses we’ve got, I think they deserve every penny. I hope we get some more for them too.”
And now, at the end of the month, the WWII hero has managed to raise a whopping £29 million which is just over $36 million dollars guys. Incredible!
And it’s easy to say that he has done more for his country than any politician or famous person has.
As well as being a prime example of what the nation is about, Moore has also been inspiring others to get involved in raising money to help those who need it most.
It all started with a hand-written letter from Her Majesty before she promoted him to Colonel to mark such a wonderful occasion.
The hero was also re-presented with his Second World War Defence Medal ahead of next week’s VE Day celebrations, which is an important occasion for the Brits.
There will be 2 “flypasts” to mark his special day. Both by Army Air Corps helicopters as well as a Spitfire and Hurricane in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Wow. Just wow.
Ben Wallace, the country’s Defence Secretary honored Colonel Tom with the comment and also referred to him as an “inspirational role model to generations young and old.”
This treatment is well-deserved.
Happy 100th birthday Colonel Tom Moore!
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