LONDON — Celebrating his 100th birthday on Thursday, British veteran Captain Tom Moore has raised more than 30 million pounds (about $37.8 million) for the National Health Service (NHS) by walking laps of his garden.

Former British Army Officer Captain Tom Moore poses for a picture with a birthday card he received from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, as part of celebration of his 100th birthday and a gesture of appreciation for his fundraising achievements for the NHS, in Bedfordshire, Britain, April 30, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. 

As a World War II veteran, Captain Tom initially planned to raise 1,000 pounds ($1,259) for NHS charities before his 100th birthday, but his move captured the nation’s heart during the novel coronavirus lockdown and donations wildly exceeded that.

The fundraising reached over 30 million pounds on Thursday morning. “Reaching 100 is quite something. Reaching 100 with such interest in me and huge generosity from the public is very overwhelming,” said Captain Tom.

Guests hold up a sign wishing a Happy 100th Birthday to Captain Tom Moore as he and his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore speak via video-link at the opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Britain, April 21, 2020.

To celebrate his birthday, well-wishers have sent more than 125,000 cards to him, which were being stored at his grandson’s secondary school ahead of delivery.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment salutes to Former British Army Officer Captain Tom Moore, appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, in Bedford, Britain, April 29, 2020.

“To everyone who has donated, sent birthday cards and messages, sincerely thank you. Please stay home, stay safe,” said Captain Tom.

The Yorkshire Regiment medal presented to Former British Army Officer Captain Tom Moore, appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, is pictured in Bedford, Britain, April 29, 2020.

Among the birthday greetings was a personalized card from the Queen Elizabeth II and a recorded special message from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in which he said the veteran was “a point of light in all our lives”.

Former British Army Officer Captain Tom Moore, appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, stands with Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller next to his medals and gifts that he received for his birthday in Bedford, Britain, April 29, 2020.

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