But what could a 99-year-old possibly do?
Tom decided he would do what he does every day… take a walk around his garden! Except, this time he was going to set himself a goal.
Tom was going to do 100 laps around his garden, by his 100th birthday that was coming up, and in the process, raise money for the NHS (National Health Services).
Small steps day by day he made his laps with the help of his walking frame … and thanks to his daughter’s help in getting the word out about his fundraising efforts, Tom went ‘viral’ and became an overnight sensation all over the world!
Everywhere, individuals started donating, sending in well wishes and encouragement. Tom became a source of inspiration and positivity.
Tom did complete 100 laps well before his 100th birthday! But more astonishing, is that the now 100-year-old man ended up raising over 32 million pounds! (That’s 40,241,954.75 United Staes dollars or 54,514,720.00 Canadian Dollars!)