By Laura Kemp • 16 April 2020 • 17:26
Although his initial goal was to raise £1,000 for the NHS to help battle the coronavirus pandemic, by Thursday morning, Captain Moore had raised over £12 million, thanks to the donations of over 650,000 people!
The near-centennial was shocked to learn that he had passed the £5 million barrier and said: “Completely out of this world! Thank you so much to all you people who subscribe to the National Health Service because, for every penny that we get, they deserve every one of it. I think that’s absolutely enormous.” He reinforced that he never thought that he would raise anywhere “near that sort of money” and that this initiative just shows how “people have such high regard for matters of our National Health Service.”
Now people have wanted to return the favour for all of his efforts by creating and sending Captain Moore birthday cards for his 100th milestone.
Under the hashtag #MakeACardForTom, a little girl called Reegan Davies suggested we should all give back to this national hero. In a video she states, “There is someone called Tom, he is turning 100 and he has raised over £1 million for the NHS, so we thought, hmm, why don’t we make a card for Tom.”
She began by asking friends to join her campaign and create a card for the the Second World War veteran, but the post went viral and has so far captured a great deal of attention, her mother states that they never expected this to get so big.
Although her goal was to get 1,500 virtual submissions of birthday cards, she has far exceeded this, and her online attention has managed to raise an additional £4.5 million for the NHS.
Now, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to recognise the veteran for his charitable efforts and a petition on change.org, which has received over half a million signatures, hopes to get Captain Moore a knighthood for his services.
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Originally from UK, Laura is based in Axarquia and is a writer for the Euro Weekly News covering news and features.
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