We all need good news these days, and does it get better than seeing Captain Tom Moore completed his challenge to walk 100 laps of his garden.
The Second World War veteran had a surprise Guard of Honour from his former Yorkshire Regiment as he crossed the finishing line. When his daughter started his just giving page for NHS Charities together, Captain Moore had hoped to raise £1000 by walking 100 laps of his garden before he reached his 100th birthday at the end of April.
Capturing the hearts of the nations that tally at the time of writing is £12,713,281.24 and is still increasing by the minute so should break £20 million by the end of the day.
Mr Moore had the idea to raise funds to thank NHS staff after treatment for a broken hip, and is humbled by the support, not just for him but for the National Health Service. There is even calls for Captain Moore to be Knighted which has 20’000 signatures in the few hours it has been set up.
Tom was born and raised in Keighley, Yorkshire, going to the local Keighley Grammar School. He enlisted at the beginning of the war, and in 1940 was selected for Officer training. He was posted to India and fought on the Arakan in Burma (now Myanmar) and Sumatra in Indonesia. After the war, he returned to be Instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington.