Coronavirus: Elderly UK veteran Captain Tom to be knighted for raising millions for NHS

Captain Tom Moore.
Captain Tom Moore. Photo credit: Reuters

The 100-year-old veteran who walked 100 laps in his garden to fundraise for the NHS in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic has received a knighthood.

Captain Tom Moore rose to international fame for his efforts in April which raised more than $60 million for healthcare workers.

Boris Johnson, who almost died from COVID-19 and was treated in St Thomas' Hospital,  said the centenarian had provided the country with "a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus," reports the BBC.

His knighthood, already approved by the Queen,  will be formally announced on Thursday.

The knighthood follows another honour bestowed upon him earlier in May. Moore was appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, based near the town where he grew up, a position that came with the approval of Queen Elizabeth, the defence ministry said.

He was also re-presented with his World War II Defence Medal, which he had lost, reports Reuters. 

As well as raising millions and being appointed Colonel,  Captain Tom also became the oldest person to notch up a No.1 single in Britain's main music chart, featuring on a cover version of You'll Never Walk Alone, with his endeavours winning the hearts and admiration of the public at home and across the world.

 

 

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