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Barbados welcomes NHS hero Captain Tom

Regional 28 Dec, 2020 Follow News

Captain Tom Moore and family enjoyed Barbados

Barbados played host to a special guest – Captain Tom Moore, the 100-year-old veteran soldier who raised millions in England for Britain’s National Health Service.

For many years he had heard about “this wonderful country called Barbados” and dreamed of one day visiting its shores.

Well, Captain Sir Tom Moore realised that dream just before Christmas, thanks to Barbados Tourism Marketing and British Airways.

The former British Army officer gained international fame for raising millions of pounds for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic in the run-up to his 100th birthday.

On April 6, 2020, at the age of 99, he began to walk laps of his garden in aid of NHS Charities Together, with the goal of raising £1,000 (KY$1,100) by his 100th birthday. In the 24-day course of his fundraising, his walk raised over £32.79 million (KY$38m).

The trip to Barbados represented a tick-off of the World War II veteran’s long bucket list. “Barbados is everything I heard it was,” Sir Tom said speaking from the veranda of the West Coast villa where he and his family were staying.

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