100-Year-Old Veteran Walks Around Garden 40,000 Times to Raise Money for Charity

Lance Corporal Harold Jones, a remarkable 100-year-old Second World War veteran, has become a beacon of inspiration by walking around his garden 30 times every day since 2020, covering an impressive 661 miles in total. Motivated by the media attention garnered by the late Captain Tom, who undertook a similar endeavor during the early days of the pandemic, Corporal Jones embarked on this journey not only to stay active during lockdown but also to raise funds for charity. Drawing from his military background, he humorously refers to himself as Lance Corporal Harold, opting for a rank at the opposite end of the spectrum from Captain Tom.

Corporal Jones, a great-grandfather-of-six, has dedicated his daily walks to the memory of his fallen friends who battled Motor Neurone Disease (MND). With a personal goal of initially reaching £1,000 in donations, his efforts have far exceeded expectations, amassing over £43,000 in under four years. The spritely pensioner attributes his enduring fitness to his time in the Armed Forces, citing a “high level of endurance” as a lasting legacy from his service in the British Army from 1942 to 1947. Undeterred by weather conditions, injuries, or the challenges of age, Harold Jones continues to stride purposefully in honor of Captain Tom and his friends, exemplifying determination and resilience that has earned him a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister.

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