What will the £5million Tom Moore has raised for the NHS be spent on? – The Sun

CAPTAIN Tom Moore has raised £5million for the NHS to help frontline staff battling the coronavirus crisis.

The WW2 veteran, 99, exceeded his £1,000 initial target, after pledging to do 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday to raise money during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Captain Tom aimed to complete 100 laps around his garden in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday at the end of April, 2020.

With the aid of a frame, he hoped to walk 100 laps of his 25 metre garden in 10 lap intervals.

The money the war hero has raised will go to NHS Charities Together to support workers on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak.

At 9.40am on Wednesday 15th April, Captain Tom surpassed £5million, with 170,000 donations coming from around the world.

On BBC News, Victoria Derbyshire counted down as Captain Toms fundraiser neared £5million.

The news anchor said while she had been on air, the campaign had raised over £600,000 in just 25 minutes.

Captain Tom 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 programme as the £5m mark was passed, 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."

But what will the money Captain Moore has raised for NHS Charities Together organisation – that supports over 250 separate NHS charities – 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 provides staff with a moment of contemplation during gruelling work hours.

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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.

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 harms 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."


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