Colonel Tom Moore will be awarded a knighthood by the Queen after his incredible efforts in fundraising for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.
The war veteran has received the special nomination for a knighthood from the Prime Minister after he has raised over £32million for NHS charities by completely 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April.
As the centenarian has provided for the country with “a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus”, the Prime Minister has said Colonel Tom is incredibly well-deserving of receiving a knighthood from the Queen.
Recently honoured as a colonel, the veteran’s new title will be Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol.
The knighthood has now been approved by the Queen and will officially be announced on Wednesday.
On his 100th birthday, Colonel Tom was given the honorary title, after he had initially aimed to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by walking laps of the 25m (82ft) loop in his garden based in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.
However, he ended up raising a lot more than his aim and has so far raised over £32million, thanks to over one and a half million supporters.
Boris Johnson released a statement in which he said Colonel Tom’s “fantastic fundraising broke records” and “inspired the whole country”.
He added: “On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He’s a true national treasure.”
To follow, Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer gave his congratulations to Colonel Tom and said he had “brought inspiration to millions and helped all of us to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our NHS.”
He continued: “In his actions, Tom embodied the national solidarity which has grown throughout this crisis, and showed us that everyone can play their part in helping build a better future.”
Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, Colonel Tom has captured hearts across the nation and his birthday celebrations have consequently been extended.
To mark the occasion, an RAF flypast was flown and he received birthday greetings from both the Queen and Prime Minister.
As well as receiving plenty of happy birthdays over social media, the veteran also received an estimated 140,000 birthday cards and was made an honorary colonel by the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, in which he served during World War Two.