99-year-old Captain Tom Moore set out to raise £1,000 for the NHS by walking around his garden, but has now raised more than £28,000,000 just days before his 100th birthday.
The Second World War veteran has achieved the record title for the most money raised by charity walk (individual), raising a staggering total of £27,699,581 on JustGiving as of 21 April 2020.
The figure continues to grow today.
More than 125,000 birthday cards, including ones from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and England football captain Harry Kane, have been sent to a Bedfordshire school which Captain Tom’s grandson 16-year-old Benjie Ingram-Moore attends.
After breaking a record that has stood for 40 years, Captain Tom Moore has earned himself a spot in the coveted Guinness World Records book, as well as featuring on the front cover of Guinness World Records 2021!
The previous record for the most money raised by a charity walk (individual) was Can$14.7 million (the equivalent of £5.4 million at the time and £27,201,900 today, adjusted for inflation).
This was raised by Terry Fox (1958-81) of Canada, who, with a prosthetic leg, ran from St John’s, Newfoundland to Thunder Bay, Ontario in 143 days in 1980.
Not only has Tom broken this long-standing record, but today (28 April 2020) Tom and Michael Ball (UK) officially topped the UK charts with their single You’ll Never Walk Alone.
This also makes Tom the oldest person to reach number one in the UK charts at 99 years and 359 days old.
Captain Tom Moore said:
“I feel very honoured to receive recognition from Guinness World Records.
“My charity walk has raised more money than I could have possibly imagined and I am so thankful to those who have donated money and bought the single so we could achieve these records together and raise money for our incredible NHS during these difficult times.
“These really are Guinness World Records titles for all of us.”
If you would like to help support our in-house team of former emergency services, NHS and armed forces personnel, then please consider becoming a donor.
With ad revenue continually fluctuating, we need the help of our readers and supporters to ensure that we can continue to bring you the stories which matter.
Before you go...
We need your help. As former emergency services & armed forces personnel, we pride ourselves on bringing you important, fast-moving and breaking news stories & video which are free from the negative bias which is often directed at the emergency services & NHS by some sections of the mainstream media.
One of the reasons we started 'Emergency Services News' was because we became tired of reading badly informed stories about the emergency services & NHS which seemed only ever to highlight negative aspects of the job.
We want to be the unheard voice of the remarkable men and women who serve in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces. And with around 500k page views each month, we are getting there!
As income from ads, the mainstay source of income for most publishers, continues to decline; we need the help of you, our readers.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.