It all started with a Twitter post: “I’m Captain Tom Moore, war veteran, 99 years of age (soon to be 100) and I’m walking for the NHS to raise money for our heroes.“
The target was set at £1000 in exchange for 100 garden lap to be completed by hi 1ooth birthday on April 30: not a a small feat for a man who moves with the aid of a walker. The story bounced from post to post and, as of today, £12 million have been raised.
Tom Moore served in India and Burma as well as in World War II and shared photos and memories of his past with followers. Now he has become a national celebrity, everyone wants to interview him and donations are soaring. In total, more than 600,000 British citizens have joined his initiative and numbers grow with every passing minute. As for the challenge, Moore is very close to the goal that will certainly reach before the age of 100 but has already said that he does not want to stop: he will continue to walk. Meanwhile, a little girl moved by the Captain’s story has created a greeting card for him, inviting everyone to do the same and to share the postcards or drawings with the hashtag #makeacardfortom.