Captain Tom Moore fund donates £20m to hospital charities

More than £20m raised by Captain Tom Moore has been handed out to NHS charities across the country.

Each charity has been given £35,000 from the £32.8m fund and a second grant based on the size of the trust they serve, said NHS Charities Together.

The charity at the hospital where Capt Tom was treated for a broken hip and skin cancer received £122,500.

NHS Charities Together said the donations were “already having a huge impact and will continue to do so”.

Chief executive Ellie Orton said funds raised by Capt Tom were part of a total of £116m which would support staff, volunteers and patients.

They include paying for tablet devices for them to keep in contact with loved ones, counselling services, food and drink, and comfortable places for them to take a break.

“We have been completely overwhelmed and delighted by the response our appeal has received,” she said.

With gift aid added, the war veteran raised £38.9m for NHS charities by walking 100 lengths of his garden in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday in April.

The day was marked with an RAF flypast, some 140,000 birthday cards, and Capt Tom being made an honorary colonel.

On Tuesday it was announced he had been awarded a knighthood.