£1,000 that quickly turned into £25,000,000

April 19, 2020

Any kind of help is important. If you want to help and show your appreciation for NHS during these difficult times, don’t hesitate. You never know how vital your seemingly small step might be. This 99-year-old man from Yorkshire is a perfect example. 

Captain Tom Moore was born on the 30th of April 1920 in Keighley, Yorkshire, UK, which is where he spent most of his life. Aged 20, in 1940, he joined the army to fight in World War Two. First he was sent to Cornwall to defend the coast, however he quickly became a captain and went to Bombay, India to fight over there. Then he served in Burma, British colony invaded by Japan. After eventually returning to the UK, not only did he get involved in motorcycle racing and won some trophies, but he also got married and had 2 daughters. Captain Moore proved his incredible determination while bravely fighting in World War Two as well as taking care of his wife every single day for 2 years during her battle with dementia even though she couldn’t even recognise him anymore. 

What made him start a fundraising campaign for NHS during current COVID-19 crisis, was the help he received from NHS when he had skin cancer and when he broke his hip in 2018. Captain Moore decided to give back the help he got from NHS. On the 6th of April 2020 he began a fundraising campaign aiming to collect £1,000 while completing 100 laps around his garden before his 100th birthday (supporting himself with a walking frame!). On the 16th of April 2020 he finished his 100th lap and found out that by this point £14 million was already raised. At the time of writing this article, the total is at £25 million!

The campaign turned out to be more than anyone could have anticipated, even Captain Moore himself. The whole country has shown huge appreciation and admiration for this achievement. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, has called Captain Moore a ‘one-man fundraising machine’, while Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has confirmed he’s looking for a way to recognise Captain Moore’s unique accomplishment. There have also been billboard displays in places such as Piccadilly Circus in London with words of gratitude for Captain Moore. A couple of days ago a petition was created to help the heroic Captain receive a knighthood for his life-long services to the UK. 

The story of Captain Moore tells all of us that it’s never too late to help and that any kind of help is important. You never know how much positive impact you might have by doing something that seems to be just a small step. 

Now it’s your turn! Click the links if you would like to help and add some money to Captain Moore’s campaign (supported by 1235,603 people) or sign the petition for his knighthood (signed by 835,016 people so far).

Author: Wiktoria Lewandowska

Pictures: Twitter @captaintommoore

 

 

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