PUBLISHED: 11:52, Mon, Sep 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:54, Mon, Sep 14, 2020
Captain Sir Tom Moore made national headlines with his fundraiser to help NHS charities in recognition of the treatment he received. His 100th Birthday Walk around his garden using his zimmer frame broke Guinness World Records and led to him being knighted by the Queen in July. The World War 2 veteran, known affectionately as Captain Tom, recently revealed more about his past on ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories’ last weekend and was showered with compliments online. Some claimed he was “the best thing to come out of 2020 so far” and others declared him an “absolute legend and hero”. Despite the praise, his fundraising efforts came under fire from those who feared the mismanagement of donations and an investigation was launched.
When Captain Tom launched his fundraising on JustGiving, he had a modest target of reaching £1,000 – little did he know it would soon rise into the millions and make him a national hero.
In a touching moment, during an interview on BBC Breakfast he became a figure of hope and inspiration during lockdown when Naga Munchetty asked him about the challenge of coronavirus.
He said: “Tomorrow is a good day, tomorrow you will maybe find everything will be much better than today.”
From there, Piers Morgan donated £10,000 to his cause and more flooded in until it concluded with more than £32,796,357 in online donations.
One of his daughter’s Hannah Ingram-Moore, who worked for consultancy firm Maytrix, helped to promote the thoughtful fundraiser online – but soon they drew criticism.
In a press release, which they later posted to their blog, they revealed Captain Tom’s hopes for the fundraiser and the experiences that led him to embark on the walk back in April.
They wrote: “Having been inspired by the amazing treatment he received and continues to receive after falling and breaking his hip in 2018.
Captain Tom Moore: World War 2 veteran raised more than £32million for the NHS and was knighted (Image: GETTY )
Captain Tom Moore news: WW2 veteran walked 100 lengths of his 50-metre garden for NHS in lockdown (Image: JUSTGIVING / TWITTER - CAPTAINTOMMOORE)
“Also recovering from skin cancer of the head, he decided to try and raise some money before his 100th birthday for our incredible national frontline and support health workers.”
They detailed his goal to walk 100 lengths of his 50-metre-long garden and that they would “donate 100 percent of funds