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Captain Tom Moore Has Been Knighted For Raising £33 Million For The NHS

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Captain Tom Moore Has Been Knighted For Raising £33 Million For The NHS

Captain Tom Moore has been knighted after he helped to raise £33 million ($41m) for the NHS at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen placed the sword which belonged to her father on Captain Sir Tom's shoulders inside the walls of Windsor Castle.

It's believed to be the first socially-distanced knighthood. Credit: Shutterstock
It's believed to be the first socially-distanced knighthood. Credit: Shutterstock

The sun was shining for the occasion, with them having a quick chat, before his proud family, who were watching, were brought forward.

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The ceremony is believed to be the first one that has been held while adhering to social distancing - a unique event for such a unique act.

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Credit: Shutterstock

The 100-year-old completed 100 laps of his back garden in Bedfordshire, capturing the nation's hearts.

Sir Tom, who is originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, was promoted to honorary Colonel when he turned 100 in June, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson recommending to the Queen that he receives a knighthood for his incredible act of kindness.

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After being appointed in his new role, the 100-year-old legend even became involved in youth work, helping the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, a programme that helps train 16 and 17-year-olds.

To mark his birthday, Sir Tom was honoured with a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The British public also helped celebrate by sending in thousands upon thousands of birthday cards.

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More than 125,000 birthday cards were sent for Moore, who also became the oldest person to achieve a UK number one single with a version of 'You'll Never Walk Alone', performed alongside Michael Ball.

Tom, who became a national treasure almost overnight, had an original goal of £1,000, as a way of saying thank you to the NHS for all the help he's received over the years. But he soon smashed through his target and then some. He hit £30 million on his 100th birthday.

Speaking to the BBC, Tom said: "I thank the British public from the bottom of my heart. It's difficult to imagine all these kind people who have donated so far. It's just amazing."

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Credit: PA
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Tom enlisted in the eighth battalion of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (8 DWR) at the beginning of the war.

In 1940 he was selected for Officer training, and was later posted to 9 DWR in India, later serving and fighting on the Arakan.

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He also went to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender, before returning to be Instructor at Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington.

The fundraiser, which was set up by his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore is his way of showing his gratitude to those who have helped him - at a time when resources are stretched due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Topics: UK News

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