A 99-year-old war veteran the United Kingdom has been hailed as a hero his fundraising efforts. Captain Tom Moore has raised $25 million the UK's National Health Service (NHS) by walking around his garden 100 times. The World War II vet came with the idea of raising just £1,000 to thank NHS staff helping him treatment for cancer and a broken hip. Mr Moore set 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. His endeavours caught the imagination the British public, who have been donating millions dollars a day to support him. Prince William called him a "one-man fundraising machine".
Captain Moore completed his 100 laps Thursday. He vowed he would not stop walking as long as people are still donating. Over half a million people have signed a petition the UK government to award a knighthood to Captain Moore. He would then become Sir Tom Moore. The soon-to-be centenarian was overwhelmed the public response to his efforts. He said: "I appreciate it because the object which we're donating, [the NHS,] is so important." The UK's "Independent" newspaper commended Captain Tom's efforts but said the government should be funding the NHS. It wrote: "In the midst dark times, stories like these bring lightness. Yet such altruism is a damning reflection the state our NHS."