You may remember a few weeks ago we spoke about World War II Veteran, Captain Tom Moore, who had been walking laps in his garden to raise money for the British National Health Service and how he had surprised everyone, including himself, by raising millions.
There’s been a few updates to the story since we spoke about it.
Firstly, the amount he raised was not £18 million as we had previously reported. It ended up being more than £29 million! That’s over $50 million Canadian! That is an incredible effort for a fundraiser that was supposed to raise about £1,000.00.
Secondly, there was an effort beginning when his story began to go viral, to get people to send something special to Captain Tom. You see, he is turning 100 Tomorrow. And some thought it would be a nice thing to send him a birthday card. Well, many thought that. Because he has received over 125,000 cards! So many they have to be kept at his Grandson Benjie’s school!
Famous names including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Dame Kelly Holmes and England football captain Harry Kane have sent birthday cards for Capt Tom to Bedford School.
Benjie, 16, said to the BBC: “The volume of cards that have been sent to granddad is just astonishing.”
“So many of the cards are truly heartfelt with thousands from young children who have taken the time to use their artistic talent and write a personal message.”
Not to mention that earlier this week he became the oldest person to score a UK number one single for his rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with Michael Ball and The NHS Voices of Care Choir.
Then there’s the fact that all stamped UK post up until Friday will be marked with: “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020” by the Royal Mail.
And he’s going to get an RAF flyover Tomorrow to celebrate his birthday! This was supposed to be a surprise; but a false-report in a UK tabloid caused the news to leak. Bit of a shame.
But nothing to take the wind out of the sails of Captain Tom OR his supporters; who are still pushing for him to receive a knighthood. In fact if you look online you find not one, not two, but at least THREE petitions to get him that knighthood! One is a more official, local, petition which could potentially see itself put to the government; the other two are from change.org the lesser of which has over 38,000 signatures. The more well known? Well, that petition, as of writing this post has over 956,000 signatures. And it increases at such a rate that at times you can actually watch it tick up.
Will Captain Tom see his knighthood? Who knows. But he is sure to have one grand hundredth birthday celebration Tomorrow! If you would like to follow him on Twitter he has an account: twitter.com/captaintommoore