Boris Johnson has led well wishes for Captain Tom Moore, as the NHS fundraiser celebrates his 100th birthday today.
The World War Two veteran has raised over £30 million for NHS Charities Together after his challenge to do 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden - with an initial target of £1,000 - stole the nation’s hearts.
In a video message to the centenarian, the Prime Minister said: “Captain Tom, I know I speak for the whole country when I say we wish you a very happy 100th birthday.
“Your heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation.
“You’ve created a channel to enable millions to say a heartfelt thank you to the remarkable men and women in our NHS who are doing the most astounding job and whose courage and compassion will be why, in the end, we will defeat coronavirus.”
Captain Tom received thousands of birthday cards from well wishers across the country
The RAF organised a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane to mark the special day and Captain Tom was also appointed as an honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College.
He has also received thousands of cards from well wishers
Capt Tom said reaching 100 was “quite something”.
“Reaching 100 with such interest in me and huge generosity from the public is very overwhelming.
“People keep saying what I have done is remarkable, however it's actually what you have done for me which is remarkable.”
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