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Retired British army captain Tom Moore (99) walking in his garden.
Photo: Reuters

Retired British army captain Tom Moore (99) walking in his garden. Photo: Reuters

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Retired British army captain Tom Moore (99) walking in his garden. Photo: Reuters

A 99-year-old British army veteran thought it might be a good idea to get a little exercise by walking around his garden with his zimmer frame - and raise a little cash for an National Health Service charity while doing so.

Tom Moore set himself the target of completing 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden before his next birthday, due at the end of this month.

Mr Moore, who turns 100 on April 30, was trying to raise funds for the NHS Charities Together organisation.

Since the weekend before Easter, Captain Tom, as he is known, has been completing 10 laps a day around his home with the intention of raising £1,000 (€1,150) for the health workers he calls "national heroes".

He reached his target in just 24 hours - but the pledges of money kept coming in. By last night supporters had pledged more than £3m (€3.45m).

"They're doing so well for everybody," he said of health workers. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent