CAPTAIN Tom Moore — who raised more millions of pounds for the NHS to help frontline staff battling the coronavirus crisis — died of Covid in February 2021.
The Second World War veteran raised the incredible after vowing to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April 2020.
How much money did Captain Tom Moore raise?
By his 100th birthday, he had walked 200 laps and collected £32,796,436 in donations — the largest sum ever raised by one person.
With Gift Aid added by many of the 1.5million people who gave money to his Just Giving page, the final total was £38.9million for NHS charities.
Captain Tom described it as a "fairy tale".
What did Captain Tom Moore achieve?
Captain Tom aimed to complete 100 laps around his garden in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday on April 30 – and in the process, he hoped to raise £1,000.
The former British Army officer achieved this days earlier than planned, on Thursday, April 16, walking his 100th length with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.
Captain Tom has also released a charity single with Michael Ball and the NHS voices of care choir that shot straight to the number 1 spot with Liverpool classic 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.
For his heroic work for the NHS, a petition has been set up on Change.org to get Captain Tom a knighthood.
Where will the money raised from his charity single go to?
Money that war hero Tom has raised will go to NHS Charities Together to support workers on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak.
Speaking on the same programme, Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, said of the jaw-dropping fundraising effort: "Words are just not there.
"It is absolutely incredible and I wish I had a thesaurus in my brain to be able to express out gratitude and our huge admiration for Captain Tom, for the NHS and for everybody who is donating and behind you and supporting the NHS.
"A massive thank you personally and from all the NHS charities and staff who are caring for those Covid-19 patients. We have massive gratitude to you."
Where has the money raised gone to?
Captain Tom has raised £38.9million for NHS Charities Together.
The organisation supports over 250 separate NHS charities – so what will the money be spent on?
NHS Charities Together said health service charities have used some of the money to assist those experiencing bereavement due to Covid-19.
The organisation said it has helped patients, their families and carers at one of their most isolated and stressful moments when they are very ill in hospital and separated from those they care for.
Staff and patient recovery
NHS charities are also using the funds to support communities outside hospitals, and the recovery of staff and patients affected by the pandemic across the NHS.
Mental health support
Some money has been used for counselling services and helplines to support the mental health of NHS staff.
Staff support facilities
There has also been practical support, such as access to food, drink and rest areas to enable staff to continue with their work.
Other funds are being used to help partnerships outside hospitals, such as hospices, community healthcare and social care, so patients returning home have access to the care they need to recover.
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