FUNDRAISING maestro Captain Tom Moore has a new challenge in his sights – to revisit India, travel to Barbados, and even journey along Route 66.
The Second World War veteran is making plans to keep himself busy after the Covid-19 lockdown ends, saying “I hope we’ll all move on from corona one day”.
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Weeks after he blitzed a campaign to raise cash for the NHS, the candid centenarian told The Times that “I miss my mother and father and grandfather, that feeling continues for all time even at 100. Most people do.”
And once the lockdown is over, the media star is determined “to walk around the streets and say hello to people.”
He’s also hoping to stretch his legs abroad, saying: “I would like to go back to India again and Barbados I think, and maybe the Continent.
“Being realistic I don’t think I will get to all the places. But I would love to travel on Route 66 in America."
But he has no time to relax yet, because Captain Tom will publish two books later this year, as he launches a new charitable foundation.
The 100-year-old's autobiography, called Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day, and a children's picture book will support the Captain Tom Foundation.
I would love to travel on Route 66 in America.
He and his family want the foundation to help combat loneliness, support hospices and help those facing bereavement.
The veteran became a national hero when he raised almost £33 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday on April 30.
More than 150 NHS workers have died during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a number of other frontline workers.
His autobiography, to be published on September 17, will tell of his time on the battlefields of Burma in the Second World War.
It will also tell how he raced motorbikes competitively, how he took off for the Himalayas and Everest in his nineties because he had never been before, and his fundraising efforts for the NHS.
Captain Tom said: "I am so looking forward to sharing my autobiography with you which will help launch my new foundation… I'd better get writing!"
The coronavirus charity walk hero became the oldest person to top Britain’s main music chart and also added a world fundraising record to his accolades days shy of his 100th birthday.
He took the Guinness World Record title for the most money raised by an individual through a walk.
Captain Tom also went to number one doing a cover version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, that he appears on with singer Michael Ball.
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