Here's more proof that age is but a number. Captain Tom Moore has achieved something that many would not believe possible for a 'person of his age.' His spirit of commitment and inspiration to others has been a beacon for us all during the last 10 days. Aged 99 and only a couple of weeks away from reaching 100 years old Tom uses a walking frame to aid him. He pledged to walk ten laps a day, equivalent to 250 metres, for 10 days and today he reached his total of 100 laps.
WELL DONE TOM!
The purpose of this challenge was to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together, a collective experience representing, supporting and championing the work of the NHS' official charities.
This morning, as he completed the challenge he topped that target with over £12,000,000.00 raised with donations still being pledged. What a great testament to the way he has touched the hearts and raised the spirits of those who have donated so generously.
His bio on the JustGiving page explains that Tom was born and brought up in Keighley, Yorkshire. He attended 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.
Today he completed the last of his 100 laps with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. When asked how he felt about completing his challenge he told reporters that he felt fine and was glad to be “surrounded by the right sort of people”.
If you would like to donate to Captain Tom Moore's fundraising efforts at Tom's walk for the NHS on his JustGiving page CLICK HERE
Captain Tom is looking forward to celebrating his 100th birthday at the end of April, if you would like to send 'Happy Birthday' wishes to him here's the address to send them to.