By Tony Curram
A 99 year old army veteran, Capt (Retd) Tom Moore (affectionately dubbed Captain Tom), who has already given so much to our country, has found yet more to give.
Seeing the dire need of our incredible NHS staff, Captain Tom set himself a fund raising challenge to do 100 laps (2.5km) of his Bedfordshire garden by Thursday, walking with the aid of a frame.
His hope was to raise £1,000; at time of writing, he’s raised over £800,000. Even Piers Morgan donated £10,000 of his own money to his cause live on TV, making him appear almost likeable for a moment.
His bio on his JustGiving page reads: “Captain Tom was born and brought up in Keighley, Yorkshire. He went to Keighley Grammar School and later completed an apprenticeship as a Civil Engineer. Tom went onto being enlisted in 8 DWR (145 RAC) at the beginning of the war, and in 1940 was selected for Officer training.”
“He was later posted to 9DWR in India, and served and fought on the Arakan, went to Regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender and returned to be Instructor at Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington”.
Captain Tom, a man who has already given so much to our Nation, saw a new danger to our country, our people and our way of life. No one could ask anymore of him and yet his first thought again was ‘how can help? What can I do?’
The small fortune that has been raised is already being put to work by the NHS, who is feeling the strain at this time, to improve conditions for staff and patients alike; Captain Tom, nearly a centenarian, is yet again saving lives