Arise Sir Tom! Captain Moore is knighted for £33m donations
PUBLISHED: 11:10 17 July 2020 | UPDATED: 11:27 18 July 2020
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Captain Tom Moore who served in Cornwall during the Second World War has been knighted after raising £33 million for the NHS
Captain Tom Moore who raised £33 million for the NHS has been knighted for his fundraising for the health service.
Originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, Sir Tom joined the British Army in June 1940. His regiment – the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment – trained in Wadebridge, Cornwall, tasked with coastal defence against a threatened German invasion. He later served on the frontline in Burma.
Captain Tom captured the hearts of the nation during the Covid-19 crisis, raising more than £33m for NHS Charities Together.
The Second World War veteran originally hoped to raise £1,000 before his 100th birthday in April but his pledge to walk 100 laps of his garden went viral and more than one million people donated to his JustGiving page.
Captain Tom’s fundraising feat was further boosted when his duet of You’ll Never Walk Alone, with musicals legend Michael Ball, reached No1. He celebrated his birthday after achieving his aim with an estimated 140,000 birthday cards from wellwishers. He was made honorary Colonel in time for his birthday and Great Western Railway (GWR) named a train in honour of the World War Two veteran following an avalanche of requests. Fortunately Sir Tom was not required to kneel before her majesty.
Congratulations Sir Tom!