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99-year-old man raises $25 million for health service






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A 99-year-old World War II veteran is a hero for raising over $25 million for the UK's health service. Captain Tom Moore wanted to raise £1,000 to thank hospital staff for his cancer treatment. He set up a donation page on a fundraising website. He said he would do 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April the 30th. This caught the imagination of people. They gave millions of dollars a day. Prince William called him a "one-man fundraising machine".

Captain Moore completed his 100 laps on Thursday. He will keep walking if people still donate. Half a million people signed a petition for Captain Moore to be knighted. He could become Sir Tom Moore. The soon-to-be centenarian was overwhelmed by the public response. A UK newspaper praised him but said the government should be funding the NHS instead. It wrote: "Such [selflessness] is a damning reflection on the state of our [health service]."

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