Apr 30, 2020

Tributes flood in as Capt. Tom celebrates 100th birthday

Tributes have been flooding in as fundraising veteran Captain Tom Moore celebrates his 100th birthday.

Capt. Moore originally aimed to raise just £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. However, donations have been flooding into his JustGiving page, and he has now raised more than £30m for NHS charities.

An estimated 140,000 birthday cards have been sent to the war veteran while two WW2 planes - a Spitfire and a Hurricane - flew over his house to mark his birthday.

PM Boris Johnson sends a message describing Capt. Tom as a "point of light" and Capt Tom has been made an honorary colonel but he said he will always be Capt Tom.

"I'm still Captain Tom, that's who I really am, but if people choose to call me colonel, well, thank you very much!"

Meanwhile, ex-England captain Michael Vaughan has presented Captain Tom Moore with an England cricket cap to "make him an official member of the England team" on his 100th birthday.

(BBC News)