‘National treasure’ 99-year-old veteran raising money for NHS sends incredible message

Captain Tom Moore is raising money to help the NHS cope with the coronavirus pandemic by walking 100 lengths of his back garden before he turns 100 on April 30. The 99-year-old veteran told BBC Breakfast he was aiming at 10 laps of his garden, which is 25 metres in length, a day to reach his goal. As he was asked by BBC host Naga Munchetty to send a message to the nation at this challenging time, he said: “Remember: tomorrow will be a good day.

“Tomorrow everything will be fine, everything will be much better than today.

“Even if today was alright and my today is alright.

“But my tomorrow will certainly be alright.

“And that’s the way I’ve always looked at things.

“Tomorrow will be a good day!”

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BBC Breakfast viewers promptly took to Twitter to express their gratitude and support for Captain Moore.

One viewer wrote: “Tom is just a national treasure. A 100 years old in April. Been a soldier, now fighting for #NHS by trying to raise money for the NHS by walking a 100 laps in his garden. Absolute #Soulfood What a man.”

And another: “What an interview with Tommy has Inspired my morning. What a hero his words of encouragement to the Nation..’Tomorrow will be better” Tommy I’m going to get moving, 100 steps after recovering from hip surgery. Can’t wait to for that 100th celebrations.”

One said: “Don’t usually watch #BBCBreakfast but I switched it on just now & listened to this amazing gentleman. So humble so grateful &positive. He reminded us that tomorrow can always be better, even if today wasn’t that bad. What an inspiration! Made my morning!”


Another Twitter user wrote: “I have adopted @captaintommoore as my new Grandad.

“As is expected with this situation I woke up feeling a bit down but Tom just gave the nation the best pep talk on BBC Breakfast.

“Smash it for the NHS Tom and check you back on your birthday sweetie.”

And someone else said: “What a truly great and inspirational man Tom is.

“Great advice too on how to get through times like these. Good luck Tom #tomorrowisabetterday”

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Tom Moore’s Just Giving page reads: “Tom was born and brought up in Keighley, Yorkshire.

“He went to Keighley Grammar School and later completed an apprenticeship as a Civil Engineer.

“Tom went onto being enlisted in 8 DWR (145 RAC) at the beginning of the war, and in 1940 was selected for Officer training. He was later posted to 9DWR in India, and served and fought on the Arakan, went to Regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender and returned to be Instructor at Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington.

“Tom Moore, is aiming to walk a hundred lengths of the back garden(which is 25m in length) before he is 100 years old at the end of the month.

“So get behind Tom as he does 10 laps a day!”

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