By Tony Winterburn •
Published: 28 Apr 2020 • 7:38
THE Second World War veteran set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Communities by doing laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday on Thursday, April 30. After passing that target in less than 24 hours, donations continued to pour in with support for Captain Tom, the current total is a staggering £29 million.
As Tom, 99, prepares to become a centenarian, he has captured the country’s hearts and Brits decided to send off birthday cards ahead of the big day. Now Bedford School, near the veteran’s home, has filled its school hall with thousands of cards from across the country.
But with only just three days until he turns 100, the Captain has declined any gifts from the public and instead asked for the public to donate to people suffering as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
A special telegram message from the Queen is planned for his birthday on Thursday, Cpt Moore’s daughter said she would be singing him a happy birthday live on BBC Breakfast and they would celebrate with cake later on in the day.
The Spitfire salute which had been organised to mark Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday has been cancelled over fears it will attract crowds amid the coronavirus lockdown.
The aerial flypast, involving a Mark 9 Spitfire named The Spirit of Kent, had been planned to take place on 30 April over Captain Moore’s Bedfordshire home. However, officials from the Department for Transport have deemed the flypast to be non-essential travel and are also concerned that it might attract too many spectators.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among the voices praising Cpt Moore for his incredible fundraiser, with Prince William hailing the Second World War veteran as a ‘one-man fundraising machine.’
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