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A gong for Captain Tom? Boris Johnson will 'look at ways to recognise' WWII hero, 99, whose incredible achievment of raising £13m for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden has raised the spirits of the nation

A gong for Captain Tom? Boris Johnson will 'look at ways to recognise' WWII hero, 99, whose incredible achievment of raising £13m for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden has raised the spirits of the nation
  • War hero Captain Tom Moore triumphed has completed final ten lengths of his garden on a zimmer frame 
  • 99-year-old finished last few steps of his 2,530-yard walk at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire 
  • Before he started the final leg of his challenge, he was saluted by four soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment 
  • He was given a rousing greeting as he began final stretch of fundraising walk which has raised £13million
Second World War hero Captain Tom Moore will be rewarded with an honour by the Prime Minister after he completed the final 10 lengths of his garden on a zimmer frame and raised a staggering £13million for the NHS.
The 99-year-old has captured the imagination of the public during the coronavirus lockdown with his heroics and finished his 2,530-yard walk at his home in the Bedfordshire village of Marston Moretaine with a huge smile today.
Following the achievement, Boris Johnson's official spokesman said today: 'Tom has demonstrated a lifetime of bravery and compassion. The PM will certainly be looking at ways to recognise Tom and his efforts'.
Before Captain Moore started the final leg of his challenge in the morning sunshine today, he was saluted as he stepped out with his frame by four soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment who had travelled to support him.
He was given a rousing greeting on the final stretch of his walk that has seen money donated from people in 53 countries. The Second World War veteran bowed his head and smiled as his chest of medals on his suit glinted.
Speaking after finishing, an emotional Captain Moore told BBC Breakfast: 'I never ever dreamt I would be involved in such an occasion. We're doing so well, and knowing that the reason we started off was for the NHS.
He added: 'I think you've all got to remember that we will get through it in the end, it will all be right but it might take time. All the people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine again and the clouds will go away.'
Michael Ball then sang You'll Never Walk Alone from his home, after telling him: 'It's an extraordinary achievement. I've been trying to think of a song which encapsulates your achievement and what you have done for us.'
War hero Captain Tom completes 100th lap to raise money for NHS
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Captain Tom Moore reacts as he completes the 100th length of his back garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, today
Captain Tom Moore reacts as he completes the 100th length of his back garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, today
Captain Moore waves todaySpeaking after he finished, Captain Moore told BBC Breakfast: 'I never ever dreamt I would be involved in such an occasion'
Speaking after he finished, Captain Moore told BBC Breakfast: 'I never ever dreamt I would be involved in such an occasion'
Captain Moore, with (left to right) his grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia,
Captain Moore, with (left to right) his grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia,
Tom Moore has promised to keep walking past his 100-lap target
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Asked about the song, Captain Moore said: 'First of all, Michael is such a super singer. I think it's true that people, we will not walk alone, wherever you are there are other people thinking about you thinking that soon everything will be better and we will all be smiling again.
After sitting down alongside his daughter he watched a compilation of sportsmen and celebrities praising him for his achievement, including cricketer Ben Stokes, former racing driver Damon Hill and TV personality Judge Judy.

How Captain Tom Moore's fundraising has gone from zero to £13million in a week 

  • April 9: Captain Tom Moore and his family launch the 'Captain Tom Moore's 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS' fundraising on JustGiving with a £1,000 target
  • April 10, 2pm: Fundraising reaches £1,000 target in 24 hours, and family set new £100,000 target
  • April 11, 7pm: The £100,000 target is reached and a new aim of £250,000 is set
  • April 12, 2.30pm: Fundraiser hits £250,000 after Captain Moore appears on BBC Radio 2 and talks to the singer Michael Ball
  • April 14, 12pm: Captain Moore's donations hit £1million
  • April 15, 10am: Donations get to £5million
  • April 15, 5pm: Health Secretary Matt Hancock praises him as an 'inspiration' as donations get to £8million
  • April 15, 11pm: The fundraiser reaches £10million
  • April 16, 7am: Donations get to £12million
  • April 16, 12pm: The fundraiser hits £13million 
The colonel of his former regiment, Brigadier Andrew Jackson, described him as a 'legend'. Later tears welled up in Captain Moore's eyes during a BBC Breakfast interview when told he had been an inspiration to millions. 
Asked about what he thinks about potentially being knighted, Captain Moore told the programme: 'It would be marvellous to have such an honour but I don't expect anything like that. I think it would be absolutely enormous if i was knighted, to be Sir Thomas Moore, I have never heard of anything like that before
And speaking about the Queen, he added: 'I think the Queen is marvellous and doing such a terrific job because all the time she's been queen she has been the leader of the country - and I have the highest regard for her. I hope she continues as queen for a very long time.
And on his 100th birthday on April 30, Captain Moore said: 'Well originally we were going to have a big party here with all my friends and relations and we were all imagining what it would be like.
'For so long people have said 'are you going to have a birthday party?' probably hoping be invited, but I'm afraid that can't happen now because they all have to stay six metres away from me.
'But today really is something special with all you here and all the kind people watching and all you presenting money. And that is enough for me - and I hope you're all well enough to be here when we do have a proper party.
Michael Ball sings 'You'll Never Walk Alone' to Captain Tom
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Captain Moore, a 99-year-old veteran, completing the 100th length of his garden at his home in Marston Moretaine today
Captain Moore, a 99-year-old veteran, completing the 100th length of his garden at his home in Marston Moretaine today
Captain Tom Moore finished the last few steps of his 2,530-yard walk at his home in Bedfordshire today, live on BBC Breakfast
Captain Tom Moore finished the last few steps of his 2,530-yard walk at his home in Bedfordshire today, live on BBC Breakfast
Captain Moore completes his walk today
Captain Tom Moore was given a rousing greeting on the final part of his walk today that has seen donations pour in
'But that won't happen for while because we are going to be locked in for a bit longer. I do feel for people in a very confined space for week after week, it must be very, very difficult - and I present my congratulations to all of you who are sticking to the rules and staying in your own homes.'
Captain Moore has now set his sights on raising £20million for the NHS, telling MailOnline: 'As long as people want to give money, then I am going to keep walking. People have been generous and it is marvellous that so much money has been offered.
'Who knows how much we will finally get, but it would be great to get even more so that it can go to the NHS. If we could get £15million or £20million that would be wonderful.'
Told that he was now the largest individual fundraiser ever on the JustGiving website, he added: 'That is a nice record to break. Records are there to be broken and I'm very happy that it is this cause that has benefited so much.
Michael Ball sang You'll Never Walk Alone from his home on the BBC today, after telling Captain Moore: 'It's an extraordinary achievement. I've been trying to think of a song which encapsulates your achievement and what you have done for us.'
Michael Ball sang You'll Never Walk Alone from his home on the BBC today, after telling Captain Moore: 'It's an extraordinary achievement. I've been trying to think of a song which encapsulates your achievement and what you have done for us.'
Captain Moore was saluted this morning by four soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment who had travelled to support him
Captain Moore was saluted this morning by four soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment who had travelled to support him
Captain Moore, pictured today, has raised £12million for the NHS after receiving donations to his fundraising challenge
Captain Moore, pictured today, has raised £12million for the NHS after receiving donations to his fundraising challenge
The 99-year-old gave the thumbs up and enjoyed a welcome hug from his daughter and grandchildren as he posed for the media following his 100th lap of his garden.
The war veteran had a rest after the exertions of his early morning walk to complete the 100 laps of his garden. 'Just a little rest,' he joked.

'I hope I'm moving just as well as you at 50 never mind 100': What celebrities said to Captain Moore

After he completed his final lap today, Captain Moore was played a series of tributes from the likes of cricketer Ben Stokes and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, on BBC Breakfast. Here is what they had to say:
  • Cricketer Ben Stokes: 'Hi Tom, Ben Stokes here. What you have managed to achieve is absolutely fantastic, the funds that you have managed to raise for the real heroes today is absolutely sensational. I hope that I'm moving just as well as you at 50 never mind 100. Keep up all the great work and you should be seriously proud of what you have done.'
  • Judy Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy: 'Captain Moore, we are truly impressed on this side of the pond. I think you are remarkable, I think what you have done is an inspiration so congratulations.'
  • Former racing driver Damon Hill: 'I just wanted to say thank you for everything you've done, I think it's amazing. Congratulations on a brilliant idea and pulling it off and doing it all before you 100th birthday and donating millions and millions of pounds to the NHS what an incredible achievement. What a very generous thing to have done.'
  • Ward 4B at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital: 'This is a message for Captain Tom Moore, thank you so much for all of your efforts and how much you have raised for the NHS.'
  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak: 'What you've done is extraordinary and the millions of pounds you've raised for the NHS will be put to good use as we continue to tackle this virus together. As an adopted Yorkshireman, I've come to recognise true Yorkshire grit and your story is an inspiration to us all. It just goes to show that British spirit is as strong as it's ever been.'
  • Brigadier Andrew Jackson: 'On behalf of the whole Yorkshire regiment family, I'd like to say thank you to you, Captain Tom Moore for your amazing fundraising efforts on behalf of the NHS. When I last looked, you had raised over £8million and that number continues to rise. Captain Moore you are an absolute legend and you come from an exceptional generation who are still an inspiration for our Yorkshire soldiers today. Thank you, and good luck in completing your endeavourBut within an hour he was back pushing his wheeled Zimmer frame around the paved area of the large garden as he chatted with his grandson Benji, 16, and granddaughter Georgia,11.
He had been thrilled to meet soldiers from the modern day version of the regiment he had served in after being conscripted in 1940 when he was 20 years old.
Captain Moore said seeing the soldiers give him a guard of honour had given him a boost as he walked the final lap.
'They were great lads and so nice that they could be here,' he said. 'I was with the Duke of Wellington's regiment that was formed into the Yorkshire Regiment where they are from. It was lovely to see them here.'
His grandson Benji said the war veteran was an inspiration to people his age, adding: 'I've always known what a strong character he was and if anyone was going to do this it was our granddad.
'He's a proud Yorkshireman and what he has achieved is just incredible and makes me so proud. I know he will want to keep walking so long as people are still giving money. He will not want to give up as he is giving so much hope to many others in these hard times.'
Claire Baxter, who works for his local surgery and spotted his skin cancer, said today that she was 'teary' about his achievements, adding: 'We're very proud of him, we adore him and we are honoured to be able to look after him.
'He is a true gentleman. I do truly love him. He is every time he comes in. He's seen me since May twice a week for dressings and he comes in always with a smile on his face - how I am, how my family are. We both enjoy Formula One, so we talk about that. He's a joy to see. We miss him very much but we're glad he's safe and well.'
Speaking about his health, Captain Moore told ITV's This Morning: 'My health is fine, I'm fine because of the NHS. When I broke my hip and when I got cancer on my head they treated me so well. They deserve every penny they get.
'Our own national service is absolutely beyond, it does so well and at the moment all the staff out there putting themselves in mortal danger every day, they go onto duty and they do it cheerfully whatever the outcome is.
'They will know that at that time they all came and did so well. All the doctors, nurses and backup staff are all doing a marvellous job for the whole nation.
'The war that we're dealing with at the moment, with this invisible enemy, the doctors the nurses who are putting themselves in mortal danger are on the frontline and we're the back up.
Former footballer David Beckham said Captain Moore's efforts was 'amazing' and praised him as 'truly inspiring'
TV presenter and comedian Paddy McGuinness said he was 'not just a national treasure but an international one as well'Former footballer David Beckham said Captain Moore's efforts was 'amazing' and praised him as 'truly inspiring'

Singer Peter Andre said Captain Moore 'deserves a knighthood', adding: 'What a great man he is'
Singer Peter Andre said Captain Moore 'deserves a knighthood', adding: 'What a great man he is'
Fitness coach and TV presenter Joe Wicks encouraged his followers on Instagram to congratulate Captain Moore
Fitness coach and TV presenter Joe Wicks encouraged his followers on Instagram to congratulate Captain Moore
'It's our job to give them everything they need to do their job properly because they've done it with such bravery.'
Ian Lush, chairman of NHS Charities Together, which Captain Moore is supporting, said: 'It was extraordinary, I feel a particular personal connection because Captain Tom was in Burma in India at the end of the war, and so was my late father who was Major Cecil Lush of the engineers, and they may well have met.'
'It's extraordinary to see the amount of money and the outpouring of good will towards the NHS and towards all the NHS charities who will take good care of the money that he's raising.
Asked what happens to the money, he said: 'There are about 150 NHS charities which will benefit from this money, we are a membership organisation and now a huge fundraising organisation, I'm the chairman, and I run one of the 150 charities that's Imperial Health Charity - we support three hospitals.
'We're spending money on supporting the staff in the crisis time, we're supporting wellbeing, we're doing pods for them to sleep in the hospitals so they don't have to go home between shifts.
'We're doing counselling, we're doing all sorts of stuff, but we're also putting money aside so that we have money to see us through over the next 18 months or so to support the staff.
'We also support patients and families with our welfare grants, so there's lots of different ways the money will be used. We're all charities with a lot of experience of using this sort of funds, so we'll make sure it goes to the right places.' 
Captain Tom Moore has made media headlines around the world, with donations made from people in 53 different countries
Captain Tom Moore has made media headlines around the world, with donations made from people in 53 different countries
Captain Tom Moore discusses final stage of fundraiser for NHS
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Second World War veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, at his home in the Bedfordshire village of Marston Moretaine yesterday
Second World War veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, at his home in the Bedfordshire village of Marston Moretaine yesterday

He was posted to India where he fought in the Arakan Campaign of 1942-3, when the Allies pushed back against the Japanese in BurmaHe had a battle with skin cancer a while ago and, a couple of years back, had a fall in the kitchen in which he broke his hip and gashed his head
Captain Moore was posted to India where he fought in the Arakan Campaign of 1942 to 1943 during the Second World War
His daughter Hannah Ingram Moore told MailOnline she was 'astonished' at the £12million so far raised by her father. 'It is just incredible and I'm sure it is going to go higher when he finishes the walk', she said. 
She added that her father had become 'a beacon of hope for people' in challenging times and that the donations were 'beyond words' as the country battles through a pandemic that has claimed more than 12,000 lives.
Ms Moore also said that the local postmaster had already been 'inundated' with messages ahead of Captain Moore's 100th birthday, which is coming up in a fortnight's time on April 30. 
Major Ian Atkins from the Yorkshire Regiment, which is the equivalent of Captain Moore's in the modern day, said at his home today: 'It's an honour and a privilege for us to be here to support Tom in an outstanding achievement.
'It's absolutely fantastic stuff but over £12million is staggering. We see Tom as a member of the regimental family so to be here to support him is a privilege.'
The uniformed soldiers were on hand to cheer on the 'captain fantastic' as he steadily completed ten lengths of the garden of his home.
Earlier, Captain Moore had said that NHS workers on the frontline 'deserve everything we can give them', telling ITV: 'I've always been one for having a future, I always think things will be good. We've fought so many battles and we've always won and we're going to win again.'  
Captain Tom Moore is pictured on ITV's Good Morning Britain today with his daughter, Hannah Ingram Moore
Captain Tom Moore is pictured on ITV's Good Morning Britain today with his daughter, Hannah Ingram Moore
g his days in the Army. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 when he was aged 20Captain Moore is pictured front centre during his days in the Army. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 when he was aged 20
Captain Moore married Pamela in 1968 and they had two daughters, Lucy and Hannah. The wedding is pictured in 1968
Captain Moore married Pamela in 1968 and they had two daughters, Lucy and Hannah. The wedding is pictured in 1968
Such is the fame of Captain Moore, half a dozen police officers were stationed outside the front gate of the home he shares with his daughter and her family.
And Captain Moore told MailOnline rather than put his feet up for a well-deserved rest he plans to continue walking and raise even more money.

From Yorkshire to India: Captain Tom Moore's career in the military

Captain Tom Moore was conscripted into the British Army in June 1940 when he was 20, alongside all men aged 20 to 35.  
He began his military career in Otley, West Yorkshire, where he joined the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington's Regiment under Lieutenant Lord George Saville.
The Regiment was sent to train in Wadebridge, Cornwall where they were tasked with coastal defence amid a predicted German invasion.
A young Captain Moore was soon promoted to Corporal and sent to the officer cadet training unit in Droitwich Spa.
Here, he celebrated his 21st birthday after he passed as a Second Lieutenant.
In August 1941, he was sent to the DWR headquarters in Halifax where he joined the 9th Battalion at Winchcombe.  
The infantry battalion then converted to an armoured regiment 146th Royal Armoured Corp, though the majority of the soldiers could not drive.
In October, the unit was posted to Bombay, now Mumbai, in India. The journey took six weeks by sea, with a four-day delay in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a four-day stop in Cape Town.
Captain Moore then took a train from Bombay to Poona, before arriving at Kirkee, a town now known as Khadki.
The 9th DWR formed the 50th Indian Tank Brigade under the command of Brigadier Schreiber.
Captain Moore was then asked by the Brigadier to start a motorcycling course for the Brigade due to his expertise for the sport.    
The Brigade was then ordered to move to Calcutta - the road journey was in a monsoon and took three weeks. 
His Battalion was stationed in the Lohardaga district near Ranchi.
They then took part in two exercises in the Arakan before moving further east and south to Rangoon.
Captain Moore was then sent on a course at the approved vehicle depot in Bovington, England.
He remained here as an instructor until it was closed. 
He said: 'I have completed my 100 laps, but I am going to keep walking because I know that I have the incredible British public behind me every step of the way.
'I am so completely overwhelmed by the support from everyone, and can't thank you all enough for supporting my mission to raise money for our beloved NHS'. 
Hannah – whom he has lived with for 12 years - said she was bursting with pride at her father who celebrates his 100th birthday later this month.
She said: 'We knew he could do 100 laps of the garden - no doubt about it, but we never in a million years expected to raise this amount of money.
'The whole world is talking about Captain Tom Moore, and that makes me incredibly proud as his daughter. I have watched the whole nation fall in love my father, and he deserves all the love, recognition and support for his incredible mission. So thank you from us all.'
The Second World War hero, who joined the army in 1940 when he was 20 years old, had set out to raise £1,000 by slowly walking 100 lengths of his garden before celebrating his 100th birthday.
But inspired by messages of support flooding into his family he dashed off 90 lengths in a little over a week. He completed the final ten laps of the original challenge this morning.
He had wanted to raise the money to thank the NHS staff who had supported him through skin cancer treatment and a broken hip. As word of his fund-raising spread via social media he quickly surpassed the £1,000 total.
More than 180,000 people from around the world have so far donated to his fundraising page. The sum quickly passed a £1million and by yesterday - a week after he began his epic walk – the total was over £9million.
By completing the final lengths many more donations are expected - and MailOnline columnist Piers Morgan has called for him to be knighted.
Ellie Orton, chief executive of the charity on the receiving end of Captain Moore's fundraising, said: 'I think I absolutely join the rest of the country in being truly inspired and profoundly humbled by Captain Tom and what he has achieved. Thank you for being an inspiration and a role model.'
Captain Tom began the final laps at 7.45am today, watched by film crews from BBC and ITV. Before he started, he paid tribute to the NHS and said: 'I feel fine, being in the Army I'm used to getting up early.' 
The former Army officer has admitted to being stunned by the response to his fundraising efforts saying the support has been 'absolutely fabulous'.
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Captain Tom Moore has smashed through his fundraising targets and has now raised more than £13million for the NHS
Captain Tom Moore has smashed through his fundraising targets and has now raised more than £13million for the NHS 
In a rallying call to the nation he added: 'Let's all carry on and remember that things will get better. We have had problems before - we have overcome them - and we shall all overcome the same thing again.'

Captain Tom Moore's interview on GMB today:

Here are some of the thoughts the Second World War  hero has had on his fundraising success, the Queen and the brave NHS workers fighting coronavirus:
On the British public donating more than £12: 
'It just shows that were such a generous thoughtful people throughout the country 
'We're so generous in every way that this sort of money had come along and its for such a super purpose for our doctors our nurses all the back up people deserve everything that we can give them.'
On his values: 
'I really stand for the goodness that we're all getting at the moment and I've always been one for the future I always think things will be good we've done so well with our country we've fought so many battles we've always won and this time we're going to win again.'
On hearing of the campaign to get him knighted: 
'I would absolutely amazed I mean I really would I find it unbelievable that that is likely to happen I've never anticipated anything like that.'
On the Queen: 
'Our Queen is absolutely marvelous we should all be so proud of her she is the leader of the country and she has always been so perfect as far as I'm concerned we couldn't have a better queen than the one we've got.' 
What would he say if he met her? 
'I would say: 'Your Majesty, this is the greatest honour anyone could get, to stand here before you because you're such a marvelous person.' But also I'd say to her: 'Do you remember when you and i were in your father's Army a long time ago?' Because remember the Queen was in the army a long time ago she served as well as she could for her age at that time.' 
On NHS workers: 
'To all you people in the NHS, all you nurses doctors and backup people, who at this morning at 8 o'clock were all entering into something where you're putting yourselves in danger for the good of all the people here - you are doing a marvelous marvelous job.'
Advice for a nation on lockdown: 
'I think you've got to think that things will be better, that the future is in front of us all. Without doubt things will get better. We should get though this very difficult time. Tomorrow is a good day, we will all get through it in the end.The money the war hero has raised will go to NHS Charities Together to support workers on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak.
Captain Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the army for the Second World War, rising to captain and serving in India and Myanmar.
He went on to serve on the Arakan in south east Asia before he returned to Britain to become an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington.
His achievements were singled out by Matt Hancock during yesterday's press conference at Downing Street.
In his opening address, the Health Secretary said: 'I want to pay a special tribute today to Captain Tom Moore. Captain Tom, you're an inspiration to us all, and we thank you.'
At that point, donations had surpassed £8 million, but by just after 11pm yesterday the figure had risen by another £2million.
The military veteran wrote on Twitter: '10 MILLION POUND! Virtutis Fortuna Comes.'
Earlier, he told BBC One: 'I think that's absolutely enormous. At no time when we started off with this exercise did we anticipate we'd get anything near that sort of money.
'It just shows that people have such high regard for matters of our National Health Service and it's really amazing that people have paid so much money.'
Meanwhile, an eight-year-old girl has started an online campaign for children to make birthday cards for Captain Moore's 100th birthday.
Reegan Davies, from Port Talbot, South Wales, set a target of 1,500 virtual cards after posting a video online to thank him for his fundraising efforts.
She says in the video posted on Twitter: 'You've got to make a birthday card for Tom, any social media you post it, and tag £makeacardfortom'.
JustGiving said Captain Moore has raised the largest total ever for a single campaign on the website.
A spokesman added: 'To celebrate reaching the £10million milestone, and the completion of his 100 Laps Challenge, Blackbaud, JustGiving's parent company, has donated £100,000 to NHS Charities Together through Captain Tom's campaign. This is the largest donation JustGiving has ever made.
'Captain Tom's amazing campaign has broken lots of records – it's the largest total raised on JustGiving, the fastest growing campaign on the platform and has attracted donations and media coverage from around the world.
'In addition to today's £100,000 donation, JustGiving abolished platform fees in March 2019 and moved to a voluntary contributions model. This change has saved £20million for charities since in the last year.'
Donations to NHS Charities Together on Captain Tom Moore's JustGiving page can be made here
 

Zimmer of hope for the world: How WWII hero Captain Tom, 99, become a beacon of light in the planet's darkest days with 10 daily laps around his garden to raise more than £13million for the NHS

It has been a rare piece of good news in a world full of fear at the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed more than 130,000 lives globally.
And people from 53 different countries have now donated £13million to Captain Tom Moore's fundraiser for the NHS as he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden.
The Second World War veteran completed his target of laps at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, today - a fornight before his 100th birthday on April 30.  
War veteran Captain Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, today after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden - raising more than £13million for the NHS
War veteran Captain Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, today after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden - raising more than £13million for the NHS
Captain Moore's story has been picked up by newspapers and TV networks around the world in recent days, from The Times of Israel to The Phuket News in Thailand.
Other news outlets providing coverage have included The Jakarta Post in Indonesia, France 24, Al Jazeera in Qatar and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Captain Moore has raised more than £12million so far on his JustGiving page, despite having an initial target of £1,000 when he began fundraising just over a week ago. 
The fundraising campaign was launched last Thursday, and soon hit its initial target within the first 24 hours. By Saturday, he reached a second target of £100,000. 
The Phuket News in Thailand is among the foreign news outlets giving coverage to the story
The Phuket News in Thailand is among the foreign news outlets giving coverage to the story 
France 24 has run a story about Captain Moore and his fundraising achievements this week
France 24 has run a story about Captain Moore and his fundraising achievements this week
Other news outlets providing coverage have included The Jakarta Post in Indonesia
Other news outlets providing coverage have included The Jakarta Post in Indonesia
Al Jazeera in Qatar has run a story about how Captain Moore has raised millions of pounds
Al Jazeera in Qatar has run a story about how Captain Moore has raised millions of pounds
Arab News in Saudi Arabia has also run a story about the achievements of Captain Moore
But the campaign then really gained momentum after he appeared on BBC Radio 2 and spoke to the singer Michael Ball, getting the funds to £250,000 by Sunday.
Tuesday saw the £1million level hit, before Captain Moore got to £5million yesterday morning. By late afternoon it was at £8million - and the figure got to £10million at 11pm last night. 
Asked about the rapid rise in donations, Captain Moore told the Daily Mail: 'Suddenly we were on £50,000. Then £100,000. Now the figures are just unbelievable.
'Three, four, five million. I turn my back for a few minutes, and it's shot up again. It's astonishing money. The sort of money you just can't visualise. 
'The response has been miraculous. It's been a bit of a surprise and I am so grateful that everyone seems to want to support it.'
Among those praising his efforts from abroad in a compilation video shown on BBC Breakfast today was former New York judge Judy Sheindlin, better known as TV personality Judge Judy.
She said: 'Captain Moore, we are truly impressed on this side of the pond. I think you are remarkable, I think what you have done is an inspiration, so congratulations.'
Captain Moore completed the final four of the laps at his home this morning, with a special guard of honour by the 1st battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.
Speaking at the finish line, he said he felt 'fine' and that he was 'surrounded by the right sort of people'.
Of the coronavirus pandemic, he told BBC Breakfast: 'We will get through it in the end but it might take time, but at the end of the day we shall all be okay again.' 
Captain Moore completes the 100th length of his back garden in Bedfordshire this morning
Captain Moore completes the 100th length of his back garden in Bedfordshire this morning
Among those praising Captain Moore's efforts from abroad in a compilation video today was New York-based judge Judy Sheindlin, better known as TV personality Judge Judy
Among those praising Captain Moore's efforts from abroad in a compilation video today was New York-based judge Judy Sheindlin, better known as TV personality Judge Judy
He said plans for his party have been affected by the virus, and he joked everyone would have to keep six metres away from him 'because I must be something horrid'.
He added that the national outpouring of love and support for him was 'a party enough for me'.
Captain Moore was given a special mention in a press briefing yesterday by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who described him as an 'inspiration'.
After being told he had become the largest single fundraiser for the JustGiving donation site, Captain Moore said he would continue with his fundraising. 
There have been multiple calls for him to receive a knighthood for his charitable actions, and there is an online campaign for children to make him birthday cards.
His daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, told the BBC that the amount raised was 'beyond our wildest expectations'

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