Captain Tom: Train named in honour of NHS fundraiser

Ruben Hill
April 30, 2020

Captain Tom Moore wanted to do his bit for NHS during the Covid-19 crisis.

Some of the 125,000 100th birthday cards sent to Colonel Tom Moore are arranged at Bedford School in advance of his birthday on Thursday. Tom was informed of his promotion in a letter presented to him by Lt Col Thomas Miller, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment at his home.

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff (CGS) made the appointment, which has been approved by The Queen.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace paid tribute to him, saying he not only embodied "the spirit of our incredible veteran community but also the resolve of this nation".

Later today he'll receive two flypasts in his honour, one from RAF helicopters and one from World War II Spitfires and Hurricanes.

Anna says that her son was first inspired by Reegan Davies, a schoolgirl from Wales who went viral with her campaign to get 100 handmade cards for Captain Tom.

Captain Tom Moore has had a Great Western Railway train named after him after he raised more than £29m for the NHS to mark his 100th birthday.

Tom's uplifting story has been truly extraordinary.

Captain Tom has raised nearly £30 million for the NHS after walking laps of his garden; alongside this incredible achievement, he's also hit number one in the official charts - making him the oldest artist ever to do so - and he's been given a very well deserved Pride of Britain Award.

In the end, he raised more than £29.3 million ($NZ59.5 million) with his efforts.

He plans to spend his special day at home with his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her family, who he has been self-isolating with in Marston Moretaine. "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".

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