WWII veteran raises millions for the National Health Service in UK

Captain Tom Moore raised $37.7 million for the UK National Health Service by walking the length of his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday on April 30, 2020.



“To all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away.” (Hon. Colonel Thomas Moore)

Captain Thomas Moore was born on April 30, 1920, and served from 1939–1946. He was originally a Captain but was promoted to the title of Honorary Colonel last April. On April 6th, Moore began to walk the length of his garden up and down to raise money for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Moore had the modest goal of raising at least £1,000 ($1259.30 USD) by his 100th birthday for the NHS (National Health Service. However, his fundraiser took off and raised so much more than he would have ever expected. On the morning of his 100th birthday, he had raised a total of £30,000,000 (about $37,700,000 USD). Later that day, the number increased to £32,100,000 (about $40,400,000 USD).

After completing his walking challenge, Moore turned to the camera and said something that this world truly needed in such a dark time: “To all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away.”

On top of raising money for the NHS, Moore received roughly 125,000 birthday cards addressed to him that were mailed from people all across the United Kingdom and the world. For them, he has become a hero during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The Queen of England herself took notice of Moore’s fundraiser and personally promoted him to an Honorary Colonel. She also sent him a birthday card. This attention raised even more money for the fundraiser.

On April 30th there was a flypast at Moore’s home by a wartime Spitfire and a Hurricane.

Michael Ball and Moore sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, which is currently one of the top singles in the United Kingdom. This cover is meant to give a sense of hope through this difficult time. Some of the lyrics read, “at the end of a storm there’s a golden sky” and “walk on with hope in your heart.” The message is meant to be hopeful, especially with the voice of Moore. He is officially the first centenarian to have a number one hit single.

In a recent interview that asked Moore about his musical accomplishment, he stated, “I have to thank Michael Ball, the NHS Voices of Care Choir and everyone behind the scenes, who shared their talents and expertise in order to raise money for the NHS, to whom we owe so much.”

Everyone is so grateful to Moore for all that he has done. Carol Vorderman, host of the Pride of Britain Awards, said, “You have influenced all of us in the country, bringing all the generations together.” 

She continues by saying that Moore has shown the world what “kindness, modesty, determination and selflessness” truly is.

Moore has inspired others to start their own campaigns and donate to other fundraisers that are working to fight the COVID-19 virus.