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A 99-year-old veteran raises $15 million for UK health-care workers by walking round his backyard

World War II veteran Tom Moore is raising money for the NHS, by aiming to complete 100 laps of his garden by his 100th birthday at the end of April.

A 99-year-old World War II veteran has raised nearly £12.5 million ($15.6 million) for workers in the U.K.'s National Health Service during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the help of a walking frame, Tom Moore completed 100 lengths of his backyard, which is 25 meters (82 feet) long.

Moore aimed to walk the distance before turning 100 years old next week and completed the challenge well ahead of time by doing 10 laps a day. 

He decided to take on the challenge after receiving treatment from the NHS for skin cancer and a broken hip, praising health-care workers for their "patience" and "kindness" in a TV interview. 

Moore smashed his original fundraising target of £1,000 ($1,257), receiving around $10 million in donations in just a few days. 

Tom Moore served in the British army in India and Myanmar in World War II.

Originally from Yorkshire in the northeast of England, Moore served as a soldier in India and Myanmar during the war, after completing an apprenticeship as a civil engineer. 

On Twitter, Moore said he was "blown away by the Great British public and their generosity."

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Moore is fundraising for NHS Charities Together, which is a campaign generating funds for all the different charities representing Britain's health service, in order to support health-care workers looking after those affected by the coronavirus. 

In the U.K., there have been 99,489 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 12,868 deaths, according to latest data from Johns Hopkins University.