London Great Britain currently has strict exit restrictions due to the corona crisis. You can go outside for a day’s walk – and this permission inspired the 99-year-old Briton Tom Moore to make a sensational fundraiser.
For a week now, the senior has been walking one round after the other in the garden with a rollator in front of his house south of London for a fundraiser. He not only raised millions – he also became a national celebrity.
With the help of his daughter, Moore registered on a website for such fundraisers in early April. His goal: to raise £ 1000 in donations for the British health service NHS. After less than 24 hours, the target sum of £ 1,000 was reached – and Moore set the bar higher: By his 100th birthday on April 30, he wanted to collect £ 100,000.
This goal was also exceeded the next day, so that a million were within reach. The national media became aware of the senior, who tirelessly made his rounds, ten a day.
Numerous celebrities and sports stars cheered him on Twitter, including in Westminster. Among other things, Prime Minister Carrie Symonds’ fiancé praised him as a “hero”, and British Health Minister Matt Hancock also paid tribute to Moore. “Captain Tom, you are an inspiration to all of us and we thank you,” said the politician.
At that point, around eight million pounds had reached the donation account. “It’s great that someone like him talks to me,” said Moore when asked about Hancock’s words, “he’s such an important person in our government.”
He never expected such a sum, Moore said in another interview. He was treated by the NHS for a broken hip and wanted to show his gratitude to the health service – which many Britons are very proud of, but which is considered to be chronically underfunded – with his contribution.
On Thursday morning, Moore completed his 100th lap, a little out of breath, decorated with his war medals and in the company of an army guard of honor and television cameras. At the time, 650,000 people had donated more than £ 12 million.
He felt good, he commented on his experience. And gave the nation a piece of advice: “You all have to remember that in the end we will make it, everything will be fine. I want to say to all those who find it difficult at the moment that the sun will shine on them again and the clouds will clear away. ”The fundraising campaign continues. A few hours later, donations exceeded £ 13 million.
In his honor, an eight-year-old has now started another campaign: As a thank you, she would like to collect 1,500 virtual greeting cards by his birthday.
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