The great and noble Captain Tom Moore, who turns 100 on April 30, has completed his fundraising challenge today. A Guard of Honour from The Yorkshire Regiment flanked the WWII veteran as he pushed his walker across the length of his garden for the 100th time. Via his online campaign, Moore has raised over $17.2 million for National Health Service charities in the United Kingdom. His initial goal was just $1,250.
You’ve all got to remember that we will get through it in the end, it will all be right… For all those people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away.Captain Tom Moore
CAPTAIN MOORE CHALLENGE
The humble and soft-spoken Moore has been hailed as a global hero and beacon of hope. A spokeswoman for JustGiving, the platform that hosted his online campaign, stated that this is the largest total ever raised in a single campaign. Some 650,000 people from around the world contributed to the fund. The money will benefit 150 charities that serve doctors, nurses, caretakers, volunteers, and patients of the NHS in the United Kingdom.
Today, a petition is gaining momentum calling for Captain Moore to be knighted by the Queen. The elder’s efforts have already been lauded by UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the Ministry of Defense, and many public figures around the planet. A spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who is recovering from COVID-19 – issued a statement congratulating Moore and promising to look for ways to officially honor the great civilian.
But the fight is not over. Captain Moore vows to keep walking.