Captain Tom Moore has made international headlines with his efforts to raise millions of pounds for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden. But some of the attention he and his family have received has been "oppressive", according to Nick Knowles.
The 99-year-old, who completed his laps well ahead of his 100 birthday on 30 April, lives in Bedfordshire with his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, son-in-law Colin Ingram and two grandchildren.
Knowles spoke to Lorraine Kelly on Good Morning Today on Wednesday live from his home in the Cotswolds where he revealed he'd been asked to help "keep them safe".
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"He’s done an extraordinary thing," The DIY SOS presenter remarked. "I think it’s over 27 million now and when they started it was to raise a thousand pounds.
"But the world’s attention has been quite oppressive as well as beneficial. They’re very grateful. They want things to keep going and the money they’re raising is very important, but they’re also feeling a bit under pressure.
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"Through a friend of theirs I got asked to join in and help out and do a couple of things to keep them safe, and I’ve managed to do that. He’s an amazing man and the family are really lovely too, and I was happy to help out there."
He added: "There’s a bunch of people who are able to still work and are two metres apart and we’ll be putting some extra protection for them."
At present, Moore has raised over £28 million to support NHS charities during the coronavirus pandemic through his JustGiving page.
He had originally hoped to raise £1,000 by walking the 100 laps of his garden.
The website has said the war hero became the platform's biggest ever fundraiser after surpassing the previous record held by Stephen Sutton MBE.