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British World War II Veteran Has Now Raised $18 Million For National Health Service

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

And now an update on a story we brought you yesterday. A 99-year-old British veteran of the Second World War vowed to walk 100 laps in his garden before his birthday on April 30. He asked for donations for charity.

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TOM MOORE: My energy is great. And I shall certainly do the hundred. I shall do the hundred tomorrow.

CHANG: Dressed in a navy blazer pinned with medals and surrounded by a military honor guard, Capt. Tom Moore finished the last laps this morning. He raised more than $20 million for the National Health Service. Fans hope he will be knighted. He spoke to The Sun at the finish.

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MOORE: Makes me laugh because I never, ever anticipated such a thing.

CHANG: Moore says he will keep walking until his birthday at the end of this month as long as donations keep on coming.

(SOUNDBITE OF MINAMI DEUTSCH'S "TUNNEL") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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