War Veteran Captain Tom Moore has wowed the nation with his amazing pledge for the NHS.
The former civil engineer, who enlisted in the army for the Second World War, originally pledged to raise £1,000 for the NHS as a way to thank doctors and nurses for their incredible work, by walking 100 lengths of his garden in Bedfordshire.
He planned to finish his challenge by today, 30th April. The special date was chosen as it marks his 100th birthday - meaning he turns 100 today. Happy Birthday Captain Tom!
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However, on Thursday 16th April, with the help of a walker, Captain Tom Moore completed his challenge, finishing his final ten laps early in the morning, marked by an army salute. It means he achieved his goal 14 days ahead of schedule.
And Tom - who rose to the rank of captain during the war - has far surpassed his original £1,000 target, with donations from the public now in excess of £30 million!
Donations have been flying in via his JustGiving (opens in new tab) page, where you can still donate - but only until midnight tonight.
In honour of his incredible achievements, Tom has even been promoted to the army rank of Colonel. The Ministry of Defence announced that he had been appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College Harrogate.
Captain Tom is raising the money for NHS staff and volunteers working in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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When the fundraising campaign kicked off on 10th April, Tom hit his original £1,000 target in just 24 hours, before the total donations climbed to a whopping £1 million just four days later, on the 14th. Captain Tom admitted that he had been blown away by people's donations to his fundraising.
Tom's slogan has become the hashtag #TomorrowWillBeAGoodDay - a positive message from him in the face of the ongoing pandemic.
In fact, Tom has become such a national treasure that the Prime Minister has said he "will certainly be looking at ways to recognise Tom for his heroic efforts" - with many calling for a knighthood.
Captain Tom Moore's charity single
But the incredible money raised for the NHS isn't the only good thing to come out of Captain Tom's amazing challenge.
As a result of his efforts, the 99-year-old has collaborated on a charity single with none other than singer Michael Ball, and the NHS Voices of Care Choir.
They sang 'You'll Never Walk Alone', and Captain Tom introduces the song, saying, "Hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark".
Incredibly, this past weekend the single topped the official UK charts too - raising even more money for the NHS.
How to donate to Captain Tom Moore NHS fundraising campaign
Wondering how to donate to Captain Tom Moore? If you want to add to the amazing total Tom has already managed to raise, all you need to do is visit his JustGiving page.
However, you'll need to be quick if you want to donate - as Tom has revealed that donations will close at midnight tonight!
To donate today, follow the link here (opens in new tab), and simply click the 'Donate' button on the right hand side of the page. You'll be asked how much you want to donate, and opt to hide the donation amount from public view, or add your name to your donation. You will also be asked if you'd like to make a small contribution to the JustGiving website. You can then donate as a guest, or via your Facebook account.
When you donate, you'll also have the option to add a message to the JustGiving page - where many have congratulated Tom on his incredible achievement, and thanked him for raising funds for the NHS. The money, when Captain Tom's challenge is finished, will go to NHS Charities Together, which supports the NHS' official charities. They give £1 million to the NHS each day, to help support them in their vital work.
Amy is Senior Digital Writer across Woman & Home, GoodTo and Woman, writing about everything from celebrity news to health, fashion and beauty features. When she isn't obsessing over the latest dress drop from Marks & Spencer, you'll most likely find Amy out running, or with a cup of tea in hand ready to dive into a gripping new Netflix series.
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