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Could One 99 Year Old Raise £100 million for NHS?

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

Captain Tom Moore says that he will keep going as long as people are donating money to the cause.

His initial target of £1,000 has been dwarfed. Every time we look at his Just Giving page the number leaps up. A couple of days ago it had reached £4m in donations; by nightfall it had doubled. Last night it smashed £10m. As of writing, it's passed £13m. (Update Monday evening: now £27m!)

Here's a bit of background, courtesy of the BBC:

Shortly after he finished the fundraiser, the retired soldier had words of advice for the nation about coping with the coronavirus lockdown.

"You've all got to remember that we will get through it in the end, it will all be right," he said.

"For all those people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away."

More than 600,000 people from around the world have donated money to the fundraising page since it was set up last week.

NHS Charities Together, which support health service charities and will benefit from the funds, said it was "truly inspired and humbled" by his efforts.

Chairman, Ian Lush, said about 150 charities would benefit from the money. "It's extraordinary to see the amount of money and the outpouring of goodwill towards the NHS and towards all the NHS charities who will take good care with the money that he's raising," he said.

JustGiving confirmed it is the largest total ever raised in a single campaign on its site and it had itself donated £100,000 to Capt Tom's "amazing campaign".

So, let's keep on giving and match his 100th birthday with £100m. That really would be an amazing present for Capt Tom and the NHS. Donate now at JustGiving

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