Captain Tom Moore celebrates his 100th birthday after several weeks of whirlwind during which he became a household name and received nearly £30 m for the NHS.
After heading out to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on 30 April, the Second World War soldier, who served in India and Burma, has become an international celebrity.
His initial £1,000 target was reached in about 24 hours, and after completing the first 100 two weeks ahead of time he extended his goal to 200 laps.
Captain Moore wants to spend his special day with his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her family at home, from whom he has been trying to isolate himself.
They will all celebrate individually and, using technology, will be accompanied by his daughter Lucy and her family.
“100 years young today. Looking forward to a day of celebration with the family. Today will be a good day!” Captain Tom shared a message on Thursday for his fans on Twitter.
The soldier also shared a message on the eve of his birthday asking people to stay home and wish him a happy birthday from distance.
“I am turning 100, which is quite extraordinary,” Captain Moore stated.
“It is even more extraordinary that I am doing so with this many well-wishers and I am in awe at the response my walking has had.
“To everyone who has donated, sent birthday cards and messages, sincerely thank you. Please stay home, stay safe. Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day.”
Having won the hearts of people all over the world, many have found ways to mark the anniversary celebration of the national hero.
The soldier of the army has been overwhelmed with birthday letters, along with more than 140,000 cards, opened at a special sorting office set up at the school of his grandson.
Royal Mail has designed a postbox in the NHS blue village of Captain Moore, in recognition of his fundraising efforts.
The postbox was adorned with a golden balloon, at Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire.
Royal Mail’s David Gold stated: “We wish Captain Thomas Moore a very happy 100th birthday.
“His accomplishments are truly phenomenal and this is reflected in the affection shown to him throughout the world.”
The RAF also organized a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight air show of a Spitfire and a Hurricane to mark Captain Moore’s birthday, and he was selected honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College.
General Staff Chief Sir Mark Carleton-Smith booked an appointment, which the Queen has accepted, to motivate the next century of soldiers.
Many tributes to the soldier include a Royal Mail postmark with all the sealed post signed “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS Fundraising Hero 30th April 2020” until Friday. He also had a Great Western Railway (GWR) train named after him in recognition of his charitable accomplishments.
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