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In these days of doom and gloom - an extraordinary story

And amazing achievement.

"A 99-year-old war veteran has walked 100 laps of his garden to raise more than £13m for the NHS.

Captain Tom Moore originally wanted to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

But he smashed his target after more than 650,000 people made donations to his fundraising page.

As he finished the challenge, he said: "I feel fine, I hope you're all feeling fine too."

Capt Tom told the BBC earlier that the total amount raised so far was "an absolutely fantastic sum of money".

"I never dreamt I would be involved in such an occasion as this," he said at the end of his final lap."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-...herts-52303859

If that doesn't deserve a knighthood I don't know what does.
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Old 16.04.2020, 13:29
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Re: In these days of doom and gloom - an extraordinary story

I read the story, and I'm impressed that this man wanted to do something remarkable to contribute. Could you please explain, though, how his walking through his garden raised money? This is a genuine question, as I don't understand, not even after reading about him online. Did people just think: "Oh, this man's walking makes me happy, so I'll send him (or someone) some money"?
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Old 16.04.2020, 13:31
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I read the story, and I'm impressed that this man wanted to do something remarkable to contribute. Could you please explain, though, how his walking through his garden raised money? This is a genuine question, as I don't understand, not even after reading about him online.
He had a fundraising page which people donated to.

We used to call them sponsored walks when I was a kid, people would pledge a certain amount of money per mile walked.
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So, the kudos should go to the contributors?
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Old 16.04.2020, 13:49
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So, the kudos should go to the contributors?
Normally a person would choose to do something difficult (for them) to get sponsors and raise money for charity..... could be walking your garden, running a marathon, going solo to the North Pole. Point is, they are doing something challenging for the sponsorship!
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Old 16.04.2020, 14:02
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Re: In these days of doom and gloom - an extraordinary story

Kudos should go to everyone, but how many 99 year olds do you know who could do that?

doropfiz, he has a JustGiving page where, yes, basically people have donated money.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisi...swalkforthenhs

As Belgianmum said, it's like being sponsored by your friends/family/neighbours to do the London Marathon to raise money for a charity. For those people say they will give 20 pence, 50 pence, £1, whatever amount they wish to pledge, for each mile completed. This has just reached a much wider audience than those sponsored walks ever could back in the day, a benefit of our internet society.

https://www.virginmoneylondonmaratho...aising-record/
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So, the kudos should go to the contributors?
Jesus H Christ what he **** is wrong with you, do you have the empathy of a rock?

The guy is a decorated war veteran, almost 100 years old, and his determination during a difficult time despite his advanced age struck a chord with the nation. It's his achievement and his kudos.
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Old 16.04.2020, 14:32
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Jesus H Christ what he **** is wrong with you, do you have the empathy of a rock?

The guy is a decorated war veteran, almost 100 years old, and his determination during a difficult time despite his advanced age struck a chord with the nation. It's his achievement and his kudos.
No, no bowlie is right. The guy is lazy. At his age, I did at least 250 laps, easily!!
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No, no bowlie is right. The guy is lazy. At his age, I did at least 250 steps, easily!!
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Re: In these days of doom and gloom - an extraordinary story

Amazing and an amazing amount of money raised.

Let's hope the NHS is funded better in the future so this sort of thing wouldn't be required!
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Just to clarify, his is a very large garden and he is a very frail veteran who has survived WW2, cancer (i think) and a new hip.

He's bloody fantastic.
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Let's hope the NHS is funded better in the future so this sort of thing wouldn't be required!
Poor quality snipe.

The money is not required for operational activity.Rishi said at the very beginning, money is no object.


This is a very nice gesture by an old boy wanting to do something to help.
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Jesus H Christ what he **** is wrong with you, do you have the empathy of a rock?

The guy is a decorated war veteran, almost 100 years old, and his determination during a difficult time despite his advanced age struck a chord with the nation. It's his achievement and his kudos.





He is not actually decorated, they are just campaign medals issued to everyone who was there at the time


Excellent he did what he did, but the question remains, why does the NHS rely on charity and donations so much ?
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Amazing and an amazing amount of money raised.

Let's hope the NHS is funded better in the future so this sort of thing wouldn't be required!



The NHS is already well funded, just a lot is wasted unnecessarily resulting in $$ shortages
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Excellent he did what he did, but the question remains, why does the NHS rely on charity and donations so much ?
I suggest starting a new thread if you want a debate on NHS funding, which has been a hotly discussed topic for decades.

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'Being there at the time' is enough and it seems like he wasn't idle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Moore_(fundraiser)

He is among the last of a dying breed of stoic Brits that we like to still romanticize about but will never be replaced ahnd ultimately consigned to memory and history.
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Old 17.04.2020, 07:33
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Re: In these days of doom and gloom - an extraordinary story

Go the 90 year olds it seems.

"With Captain Tom Moore, 99, walking his way to fame - and a fortune for NHS charities - another nonagenarian has embarked on a marathon challenge.

Margaret Payne, 90, aims to climb the equivalent of Highland mountain Suilven - 731m (2,398ft) - with 282 trips upstairs at her Sutherland home.

Inspired by the Army veteran's 100 laps of his garden, she began on Sunday.

And after hitting her target to raise £10,000 for the NHS and a hospice on Thursday, she said: "It's amazing."

Mrs Payne, from Ardvar, first climbed Suilven, in the west of Sutherland, aged 15, in 1944.

She believes her modern-day challenge will take around two months to complete."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-52319318
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His story just goes on and on. Now he's the oldest person to have a number 1 hit in the UK.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52415966
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His story just goes on and on. Now he's the oldest person to have a number 1 hit in the UK.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52415966
Hah, this is so UK. In times of strife we love to latch on to something that no matter who you are we can all get behind, someone that no-one in their right minds can find fault with, with a manic intensity and then we take it to the extreme. In this case, it's a heartwarming and well-deserved nod to a superior and borderline heroic heroic breed of British character that we are all aware will soon to be consigned to our collective memories. It's a fitting send off and the money that has been raised is simply staggering.
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Re: In these days of doom and gloom - an extraordinary story

A kid with spina bifida has been inspired by Capt. Tom to also do a sponsored walk. His parents were trying to get him to walk regularly to help his condition, so it's win win really.

https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/new...ey-nhs-2549446
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Happy birthday Colonel Tom.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-52488...100th-birthday

32 million raised and counting.
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