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Thanks, Captain Tom

WW2 vet raised 25m pounds for Britain’s NHS

Picture: Reuters/Twitter

One of the most uplifting news stories during the past few weeks as the coronavirus crisis has deepened has been that of Captain Tom.

The WW2 vet, aged 99, has raised more than 25 million pounds for the NHS, Britain’s national health service. How did he do it? By setting a target of walking 100 lengths (with his walker) of his garden, and asking donors to pledge money in support of the NHS.

Captain Tom Moore is approaching his 100th birthday at the end of the month, hence the target of 100.

The whole nation, and indeed many around the world, have been humbled and inspired by his feat of courage and endurance.

We join those saluting this hero, who said: “You’ve all got to remember that we will get through it in the end, it will all be right.

“For all those people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away.”

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“Captain Tom” trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Army for World War 2, rising to captain and serving in India and Myanmar, also known as Burma.

He has received praise from the country’s senior politicians, celebrities, top military figures and close to 1 million people have made donations to the JustGiving page.

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Here’s a tweet from the British Forces Community Radio service, which went live as Captain Tom reached yet another milestone.

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