WATCH: GWR trains across the country toot their horns for Captain Tom Moore’s 100th Birthday
PUBLISHED: 12:05 30 April 2020 | UPDATED: 12:05 30 April 2020
Alongside the tuneful birthday wishes, Great Western Railway name a train in honour of Captain Tom Moore who has raised more than £29 million for the NHS
Originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, Captain 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 £29m for NHS Charities Together.
The Second World War veteran originally hoped to raise £1,000 before his 100th birthday, 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.
To celebrate his 100th birthday, Great Western Railway (GWR) has come up with a tuneful toast to Captain Tom Moore – wishing him a happy 100th birthday to the sounds of train horns.
Having already named a train in honour of the World War Two veteran, GWR has added its birthday wishes to the man who has raised more than £29 million for NHS Charities.
GWR’s Head of Communications Dan Panes says: ‘Captain Tom truly has captured the hearts of the nation with his phenomenal fundraising achievements during the Covid-19 crisis.’
‘Our decision to name a train in his honour followed requests from GWR colleagues and members of the public, and we wanted to make it an extra special birthday with this fun video. We hope Captain Tom has time to enjoy it on his big day.’