As the world has come to a standstill because of the coronavirus, people everywhere are doing what they can to help support the fight against COVID-19. One person, in particular, was determined to do all he can, even if he thought he was limited in doing so.
British World War II veteran, Captain Tom Moore, decided he wanted to walk laps around his 25-meter garden as a fundraiser for NHS charities (National Health Service). The 99-year-old veteran, just shy of his 100th birthday, had recently broken his hip and wanted to thank the doctors and nurses who took care of him by raising money to support health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
His family used social media to help his fundraising efforts, sharing that he wanted to walk 100 laps around his garden by the end of April. They thought that raising 1,000 pounds was going to be difficult, but they were in for a big surprise. Captain Moore’s drive to walk, even with a weak hip, inspired the British public during these times. 250,000 people supported his cause, and he ended up raising six million pounds within a matter of days. That’s equal to 7.5 million American dollars. Amazing.
This war hero became so popular that he even appeared on national television. Having full support from the British public, celebrities, and other war veterans gave Captain Moore “his next purpose,” as his daughter, Hannah Ingram Moore told BBC. Before he became an army captain, serving in India and Burma, Moore was a civil engineer. He has truly lived a full life of purpose.
Make sure to check out the 99-year-old army veteran’s fundraising page to keep supporting his laps. Moore’s efforts are an example of how everyone should find it within themselves to contribute the little they can against the pandemic. Being quarantined with a weak hip shows that none of us have excuses.