99-year-old Tom Moore recognised by Guinness World Records for smashing global fundraising record
- Coronavirus charity walk hero Tom Moore became the oldest person to top Britain's main music chart and also added a world fundraising record to his accolades
- The World War Two veteran took the Guinness World Record title for the most money raised by an individual through a walk
- As of April, Friday 24 afternoon, he had collected more than £28.6 million (N12,818,435,129.50) for the National Health Service
- Moore, who has used a walking frame with wheels since breaking his hip, had originally hoped to raise just KSh 132k (N448,366.47) but shot past that
Ninety-nine-year-old Captain Tom Moore has achieved the record title for the most money raised by charity walk (individual), raising a staggering £28m (N12,554,261,090) on JustGiving.
Tom a WWII veteran from Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, had originally aimed to raise £1,000 (N448,366.47) for National Health Service (NHS) Charities Together.
His aim was to complete 100 laps around his garden just before his 100th birthday; a challenge he completed on Thursday, April 16.
However, his fundraising efforts quickly surpassed his original goal after he raised the amount in a mere 24 hours.
After that, as the donations continued to pour in, his target kept rising to the incredible sum it is today.
After breaking a record that has stood for 40 years, Captain Moore earned himself a spot in the coveted Guinness World Records book.
"Tom's remarkable efforts prove that age should never be a barrier to making a difference, to inspiring the nation or to breaking world records," Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief.
He will also be featured on the front cover of Guinness World Records 2021.
The previous record for the most money raised by a charity walk (individual) was £5.4m (the equivalent of (KSh 714m) at the time and £27,201,900 (N12,196,812,063.69) today, adjusted for inflation.
This was raised by Terry Fox (1958-81) of Canada, who, with a prosthetic leg, ran from St John's, Newfoundland to Thunder Bay, Ontario in 143 days in 1980.
Not only did he break his long-standing record, but on Friday, April 24, Moore and Michael Ball (UK) officially topped the UK charts with their single You'll Never Walk Alone.
"The fact that this indomitable 99-year-old has achieved both of these things makes him truly a national hero that rightly deserves his place in the history books
"We are proud to be able to welcome him into the Guinness World Records family," he said
This also makes Moore the oldest person to reach number one in the UK charts at 99 years and 359 days old.
This record was previously held by Tom Jones (UK) who was 68 years 9 months old when he sang on Barry Islands in the Stream.
He sang alongside Vanessa Jenkins (aka actress Ruth Jones), Bryn West (aka actor Rob Brydon) and Robin Gibb all of them from the UK.
Also a charity single, the track topped the UK chart on March 21, 2009.
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“I feel very honoured to receive recognition from Guinness World Records. My charity walk has raised more money than I could have possibly imagined.
"I am thankful to those who donated money and bought the single so we could achieve these records together and raise money for our incredible NHS during these difficult times," Moore said
Captain Tom Moore will turn 100-years-old on Thursday, April 30, 2020.
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