Retired British Army Captain Tom Moore, 99, raises money for health workers by attempting to walk the length of his garden one hundred times before his 100th birthday this month as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Marston Moretaine, Britain, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra
Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old British war veteran described by Prince Harry as “utterly amazing,” has now raised more than 25 million pounds ($31.3 million) for the health service by walking 100 laps of his garden. The World War Two veteran, who has used a walking frame with wheels since breaking his hip, set himself the target of walking the 25 meters around his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday on April 30. He completed his task on Thursday. Prince Harry said in an interview published on Sunday that he was honored to be an army veteran in the company of people like Moore. “Congratulations to Tom. What he’s done is utterly amazing. It’s not just what he’s done, but it’s the reaction that people have had as well. Just wonderfully British,” Harry told the Declassified podcast for ex-servicemen and women. Moore’s original target was to raise 1,000 pounds. That modest aim was blown away as media attention from around the globe zoomed in on his garden in Bedfordshire, central England.
The retired army officer will be the guest of honor when a new “Nightingale” field hospital opens in Harrogate in northern England next week, which is being set up to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak. “I am still amazed by the amount of kindness and generosity from the UK public who continue to give despite it being an uncertain time for many,” Moore said in a statement on Saturday.