What will the money Captain Tom Moore has raised for the NHS be spent on? – The Sun
BRITISH hero Captain Tom Moore has raised more than £32million for the NHS to help frontline staff battling the coronavirus crisis.
Tonight, ITV documentary Captain Tom's War – inspired by the 100-year-old Second World War veteran – is being aired to mark VE Day.
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What did Captain Tom Moore achieve?
Captain Tom aimed to complete 100 laps around his garden in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday April 30th – and in the process he hoped to raise £1,000.
The former British Army officer achieved this days earlier than planned, on Thursday, April 16, walking his 100th length with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.
As he walked his last lap, the total raised hit £12.2million – and as of May 8th, people have donated more than £32million.
Captain Tom has also released a charity single with Michael Ball and the NHS voices of care choir that shot straight to the number 1 spot with Liverpool classic 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.
For his heroic work for the NHS, a petition has been set up on Change.org to get Captain Tom a knighthood.
Where will the money raised from his charity single go to?
Money that war hero Tom has raised will go to NHS Charities Together to support workers on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak.
The speed at which people have given to his cause has amazed many.
Last month, during an interview on BBC News, presenter Victoria Derbyshire revealed that his campaign had raised over £600,000 in just 25 minutes.
At the time, he said: "It's completely out of this world. Thank you to all the people who subscribed to the National Health Service, and they deserve every penny of it."
Speaking on the same programme, Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, said of the jaw dropping fundraising effort: "Words are just not there.
"It is absolutely incredible and I wish I had a thesaurus in my brain to be able to express out gratitude and our huge admiration for Captain Tom, for the NHS and for everybody who is donating and behind you and supporting the NHS.
"A massive thank you personally and from all the NHS charities and staff who are caring for those Covid-19 patients. We have massive gratitude to you."
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Where will the money raised go?
Captain Tom has raised over £32million for NHS Charities Together.
The organisation supports over 250 separate NHS charities – so what will the money be spent on?
Immediate relief support
Mrs Orton said part of the money will be spent on well-being and supporting NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by Covid-19.
NHS Trusts will spend some of the money on special suites and so called "wobble rooms" – spaces that provide staff with a moment of contemplation during gruelling work hours.
Hundreds of wash packs are also being sent to university accommodation that is housing NHS staff during the outbreak, with the money also providing meals for NHS workers.
Fund care partnerships that work alongside hospitals
Part of the money will go towards ensuring patients can leave hospital safely and quickly.
Money will be distributed among community health trusts and ambulance trusts to assist people in their recovery from home.
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Mental health recovery of NHS Staff
Hospitals are already setting up programmes – such as Listening Ear – to help staff and patients with the mental health strain they may experience in hospitals.
Speaking of how the money raised will be used, Captain Moore said: "I'm absolutely amazed at how this money will do so many amazing things.
"All of them, from top to bottom, working in the National Health Service deserve everything we can possibly put in their place.
"They are all working so hard and they're all so brave, because every morning they are putting themselves into harm's way.
"You've got to give them full marks for that effort, because they are continuously doing that day after day, taking care of sick, poor people."
If you would like to donate for Captain Tom Moore's 100 laps challenge, head to his JustGiving page here.
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