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Today is a good day for knighted Captain Tom

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It is official, Captain Tom Moore is now Captain Sir Tom Moore. He has been awarded a knighthood for his outstanding fundraising efforts for the NHS, after receiving a special nomination from the prime minister.

The centenarian raised over £32m for NHS charities by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April.

Prime minister Boris Johnsons said the war veteran had provided the country with “a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus.”

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer also congratulated Capt Tom and said he had “brought inspiration to millions and helped all of us to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our NHS”.

As an honorary colonel, his official title will be Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol.

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The knighthood was approved by the Queen and will be formally announced on Wednesday (20 May 2020).

Capt Tom, who was given the honorary title of colonel on his 100th birthday, had initially set out to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by walking laps of the 25-m (82ft) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.

But he bettered that target and raised £32,794,701 from more than one and a half million supporters.

 

Source: BBC News.

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