It started with Captain Tom Moore wanting to raise GBP 1’000 for the NHS by doing 100 laps of his garden by his 100th birthday. What it ended up being was a beacon of hope and almost GBP 33 Million donated to the NHS (1).

Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old war veteran started walking with his frame around his Bedfordshire garden. It caught the attention of the nation and the world and the donations came flooding in. What an inspiration. When I listened to him being interviewed, he was so humble and wise, reminding us that things will get better. His demeanor and his words felt both comforting and reassuring at the same time. 

In times of rather depressing news, left right and centre, it was a breath of fresh air, knowing that there are people out there like that, doing what they can to contribute.  

Last week, he turned 100 on the 30th April and was celebrated in the UK with a personalised telegram from the Queen, a message from the Prime Minister and with thousands and thousands of cards from well-wishers. As I watched the Hurricane and the Spitfire fly by, I was moved, it was a fitting tribute for a hero.

It goes to show that we can all do our part, no matter how big or small. Thank you, Captain Tom Moore, for being such an inspiration!


  1. NHS – National Health Service in the UK