World War Two veteran and NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore is to be given a knighthood, Downing Street has announced.
The 100-year-old raised nearly £33 million for health service charities fighting coronavirus by walking 100 laps of his garden in Bedfordshire - far surpassing his initial £1,000 target.
Boris Johnson described Captain Tom as a “true national treasure” and said his fundraising efforts had “provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus”.
The Prime Minister recommended Captain be exceptionally honoured by the Queen, who has approved the honour, Number 10 said.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told talkRADIO that Captain Tom “epitomises the best of what it is to be British”.
Speaking with Julia Hartley-Brewer, he said: “His efforts to raise that huge amount of money for NHS charities I think are just the crowing glory of an extraordinary life.
“He’s not just raised our spirits, but reminded ourselves of what was often known as the greatest generation and of what we can be in future.
“I think we owe a huge debt of thanks to Tom Moore for everything he’s done.”
Captain Tom’s knighthood comes just weeks after he was made an honorary colonel to mark his centenary and fundraising efforts.
An investiture ceremony will take place at a later date.
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