Coronavirus: Veteran from Keighley raises over £2 MILLION for NHS

Coronavirus: Veteran from Keighley raises over £2 MILLION for NHS

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 12:01pm 14th April 2020. (Updated at 5:51pm 14th April 2020)

Article last updated 3pm, Tuesday 14 April. For up-to-date donation amount, click here.

A 99-year-old veteran from Keighley has raised over two million pounds for the NHS

  • Captain Tom Moore is aiming to walk 100 lengths of his garden before he turns 100.
  • He was born and grew up in Keighley.
  • The original fundraising target was £500,000, but donations have passed four times that.

A 99-year-old army veteran, who was born and grew up in Keighley, has raised well over two million pounds for the NHS.

Captain Tom Moore is walking ten lengths of his garden, aiming to reach a hundred lengths before he turns 100.

He initially hoped to raise £500,000, but so far donations online have reached over four times that.

Donations passed a million pounds just after 9am this morning (Tues 14th April)

Tom attended Keighley Grammar School as a child, and later went on to complete an apprenticeship as a Civil Engineer.

He was enlisted at the beginning of the second world war - and in 1940 was selected for officer training, going on to serve and fight on the Arakan and Burma.

He now lives with family in Bedfordshire, supporting their family business.

The business website reads:

"Tom’s tale is one full of twists, turns and monumental moments in our British history so it is completely understandable why he doesn’t want to just sit still and do nothing about our current epidemic.

"So consequently, before Tom’s 100th birthday he has pledged to walk 100 lengths of his 50-metre-long garden and donate 100% of funds raised to NHS Charities Together."

Lots of celebrities have shared messages of support for Tom:

Jason Donovan's message of support

If you'd like to donate to support Tom's challenge, click here for his JustGiving page.