Veterans

WWII Veteran Follows In Footsteps Of Captain Tom With NHS Fundraiser

Marjorie Lamb is taking on the same fundraising challenge as Captain Tom Moore who she has described as an "inspiration".

A 99-year-old World War Two veteran has been inspired by the fundraising efforts of Captain Tom Moore and is now taking on her own fundraising challenge. 

Marjorie Lamb is raising money for the NHS in Scotland by walking 100 laps of her back garden before her 100th birthday at the end of May, and has already smashed her original target of £1,000 on her JustGiving page.

''What would we do without it [the NHS] is all you have to ask. Where would people go?," she told Forces News.

"But there is one reliable source that everybody can take on board, and that is the NHS, you simply believe it, and you know it's correct."

Ms Lamb served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, working as a cypher officer in Egypt.

She said she has been inspired by the fundraising efforts of fellow veteran, Captain Tom, who has raised nearly £30 million for the NHS by also doing 100 laps of his garden before his centenary year.

 

NHS fundraiser Marjorie Lamb during World War Two 240420 CREDIT FAMILY HANDOUT/BFBS
Ms Lamb served as a cypher officer during World War Two.

'’I thought well, 'I suppose if he could do it, I could do it, probably, if I tried'," she said.

"That man was an inspiration to me and will be to lots of people."

The veteran is being cheered on by her son and granddaughters who she lives with in Waterfoot.

Her granddaughter, Felicity McMenamin, told Forces News she is "so proud" of her grandmother, describing her as an "absolute hero". 

Ms Lamb still has a number of weeks to go until her landmark birthday and hopes the donations will continue.