Tom Moore, the WWII vet who raised more than $36 million for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) by walking laps around his garden received more than 140,000 cards for his 100th birthday on Thursday.
Captain Tom Moore’s goal was to complete 100 laps by his 100th birthday. His family chronicled his daily exercise on Twitter as the story quickly went viral, causing Moore to surpass his fundraising goals in 24 hours.
Moore raised money for NHS Charities Together, NHS’s fundraising arm that supports staff, patients, and facilities of the UK’s healthcare system.
The outpouring of well-wishers who sent the vet birthday regards included Queen Elizabeth II herself.
And of course, medical workers expressed their gratitude for Moore’s efforts on his birthday.
He has received so many birthday cards, Moore can’t bring them home and is storing them at his Grandson’s school.
The Royal Mail has honored the veteran by stamping all letters mailed during his birthday week with a commemorative stamp.
Happy 100th Birthday!🎈— Royal Mail (@RoyalMail) April 30, 2020
We're celebrating Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday with a special postbox in honour of his incredible efforts to raise money for the NHS.
The postbox is ‘NHS blue’ and includes a golden balloon and birthday greetings in honour of the man himself 👏 pic.twitter.com/TAeVW90EzY
And he’s been elevated to the status of honorary colonel!
🎉@captaintommoore has been appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College Harrogate. Happy birthday Colonel Tom!— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) April 30, 2020
"His mature wisdom, no-nonsense attitude and humour in adversity make him an inspirational role model to generations young and old" @ArmyCGS pic.twitter.com/xC6sRICfHB
Moore told BBC News it feels “extraordinary” to be turning 100.
1/2 A message from Tom: “It is quite extraordinary that I am turning 100. It is even more extraordinary that I am doing so with this many well-wishers and I am in awe at the response my walking has had...— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) April 29, 2020
2/2 To everyone who has donated, sent birthday cards and messages, sincerely thank you.— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) April 29, 2020
Please stay home, stay safe. Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day”.
What a legend.