- Ghanaian World War II veteran, Private Joseph Hammond, has received a house and cash donations
- The house and cash, GHC 12,000, were given to Hammond by businessman Nana Kwame Bediako, popularly known as Cheddar, and the First Nationa Bank
- Hammond received the donations in a short ceremony on Friday, September 11, 2020
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Ghanaian World War II veteran, Private Joseph Hammond, has continued gone on a last walk to end his heroic efforts at raising funds for frontline workers in Africa amid the COVID1-19 outbreak.
On the last day of his walk, Private Hammond who is 95 years old has received big donations for his selfless efforts.
First National Bank (FNB) has donated an amount of GHC12, 000 to the World War II veteran for his personal use through its ASPIRE (Accelerated Support for Pandemic Intervention and Relief Effort) programme.
In addition to the money from FNB, young billionaire Cheddar and his New Nana Kwame Bediako, popularly known as Cheddar, has also gifted a fully-furnished house to Private Hammond.
The building from Cheddar and his New Africa Foundation makes Hammond who lived 75 years of his life in his family home in Accra a first-time homeowner.
Private Hammond in the heat of the COVID-19 outbreak raised a total of GHC130,000 (£18,000) to support frontline workers and vulnerable veterans in Africa.
Hammond went on a 14-mile (22.5 kilometres) walk which he completed within seven days to raise the funds.
His efforts have attracted organisations and individuals to come to his aid with the latest being FNB and Cheddar.
At a short presentation ceremony on Friday, September 11, 2020, FNB CEO, Dominic Adu, expressed the bank's pride said they were proud to be a part of Hammond's last walk and to share in his story.
In a video sighted by YEN.com.gh, World War II veteran was seen at the new house right after it was presented to him.
The veteran, in his remark, showed his full appreciation to Cheddar and FNB for their kind gesture and urged them to continue to support the less privileged in any way they can.
Inspired by Captain Tom Moore who according to BBC.com raised 33 million pounds (GHC244m) to help NHS before turning 100, Hammond's walk had started on a low-key.
But with the help of Okay FM's Abeiku Santana and his partners Derrick Cobbinah, Africa's Project Officer for the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League and CEO of Forces Help Africa and GUBA Foundation his activities got the needed attention in the media.
The 95-year-old veteran's walk was late captured in international media including Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, DW, among others, received commendation worldwide and was even hailed by Prince Harry of the British Royal Family.
Prince Harry was highly impressed that at his age Hammond could walk 14-miles to raise money to support the fight against COVID-19.
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