Captain Tom Moore Has Raised Over £32m for NHS Charities Together
Captain Tom Moore has raised over £32m for NHS Charities Together by taking part in a “100th Birthday Walk”. In April this year the war veteran set out a goal of raising £1,000 for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden. His aim was to complete the 100 laps before his 100th birthday which took place on 30th April.
Tom Moore was born and brought up in Keighley, Yorkshire. Tom was enlisted in 8 DWR (145 RAC) at the beginning of WWII and in 1940 he was selected for Officer Training. He was later posted to 9 DWR in India, and served and fought on the Arakan, went to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender and returned to be an Instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington.
Captain Tom Moore revealed in an interview why the NHS means so much to him, and he had an important message for the nation back in April this year:
“The first thing I have in mind is to get my legs to start walking, but once I’ve got going, that disappears and my mind wanders away to all sorts of things, including the service that the National Health Service is giving us,” he said.
“The thing that got me started in the first place was having realised the benefit and the service that I’d got from the National Health Service, when they treated me for the injury I had when I fell and broke my hip, and later, when I had skin cancer they treated me so well.”
Captain Tom went on to say, “You’ve got to remember that we shall come through this rather difficult time fighting the invisible enemy, and it will be very difficult for many people, but whatever happens, we shall win through and the sun will shine and the clouds will roll away, and at the end of the day, we shall be fine.”
By the time the campaign closed at the end of his 100th birthday on 30th April, the amount raised was £32.79m. His birthday was marked in a number of ways, including flypasts by the Royal Air Force and the British Army. He received over 150,000 cards, and was appointed as honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College.
Captain Tom Moore, here at Your Call Magazine, we think you are a legend and a National hero, you have sheer strength and determination and you epitomise the backbone of this country!
The amazing chalk pictures were created by Claire Flynn from Coventry. Back in April, Claire had created a chalk art to thank the NHS for their work on the driveway in front of her house, in Coundon, Coventry, to coincide with the 8pm Thursday clap.
Claire said, “I put it on social media and the response was unbelievable, people were asking me what I was going to do next week and so on.
“The next Thursday came around and the news was filled with Captain Tom Moore’s victorious 100 laps around his garden, so I created a new chalk artwork just to say thanks to him.
“He was my inspiration for the work. It got a heap of attention within the first 24 hours of it being on social media, and the next morning it was talked about on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Radio 2. I had an interview with Trish Adudu on CWR and Captain Tom Moore tweeted me to say thanks!
“I’m totally overwhelmed! People have messaged me from all over the world. It’s been crazy!”
Claire can be found on facebook as Claire Art Lady, and on Instagram and twitter @claireartlady
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