Captain Tom Moore received hundreds of thousands of cards for his 100th birthday.
Captain Tom Moore, better known as the nation’s hero, has raised a whopping £29 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden in Bedfordshire. He’s made the news for other reasons, too: ITV are making a documentary about his courageous life in the military, he earned himself a Pride of Britain award—and he’s even made a number one hit with a charity rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”!
His brilliant fundraising efforts have been praised all over the world, and thousands of people showed their thanks in the form of birthday cards. The cards—135,000 of them in total—were sent to Bedford School, where his grandson Benji Ingram-Moore attends.
Benjie called on his school for help after cards were literally flooding in ahead of Captain Tom’s 100th birthday.
Bedford School later published footage of the Great Hall covered in a stunning sea of cards—a display that took over 1,750 hours and 150 members of staff, parents and pupils to complete.
A further £60,000 was donated via the cards, adding to his total of over £29 million and counting.
In another fitting tribute to the man and legend, all mail sent this week will be stamped with a special postmark that reads: “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore, NHS fundraising hero, 30th April 2020.”
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Also published on Medium.