NHS hero Captain Tom Moore gets a big-screen salute.
Lockdown is producing its fair share of heroes, and none more so than Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old WWII veteran who’s raised a staggering £26 million (and counting) for the NHS by walking laps of his garden. He’s been feted in the media, appeared on BBC breakfast, garnered calls for a knighthood, and now London is paying tribute with an appearance on one of our city’s landmarks: the Piccadilly Circus billboards.
Tom is now into his second set of 100 laps, having completed the original 100 last Thursday, and made his first appearance on the billboards over the weekend. At 10am on Saturday, a 30-minute tribute to the veteran appeared, which included photos of Tom on his walk, along with his motto: “Tomorrow will be a good day”.
It’s a touching tribute to our new national icon, and one which will be repeated over the next week. At ten minutes to each hour this week, a 40 second appearance will flit onto the screens, ensuring that Captain Moore makes a London appearance every day. Further tributes to the captain are planned for his 100th birthday on April 30, and VE Day on May 8, so keep an eye out for those on social media.
He’s in fine company in making an appearance on the billboards; they previously hosted messages excerpted from The Queen’s recent address to the nation. In the meantime, you can support Captain Moore’s heroic efforts by donating to his fundraiser here!
Also published on Medium.