- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 5:26PM
Beloved WWII veteran Captain Tom Moore - who raised over £33million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden – is set to be rewarded with a knighthood!
Moore, who was made an honorary colonel on his 100th birthday, has been personally recommended by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the knighthood.
Johnson hailed the war veteran as a national treasure and a "beacon of light" during the current coronavirus pandemic.
He said: "Colonel Tom's fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the whole country and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus.
"On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He's a true national treasure."
The Queen has approved the knighthood and it will be formally announced tomorrow.
Last night Moore said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed. Never for one moment could I have imagined to be awarded with such a great honour.
"I'd like to thank Her Majesty the Queen, the Prime Minister and the great British public. I will remain at your service. This started as something small and I've been overwhelmed by the gratitude and love from the British public and beyond.
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"We must take this opportunity to recognise our frontline heroes of the National Health Service who put their lives at risk every day to keep us safe."
Under Ministry of Defence protocol, his official title will be Captain Sir Thomas Moore.
Moore set out on his epic charity mission on April 8, setting himself the target to walk 25 metres around his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday.
He beat this target by April 16 and his modest target of raising £1,000 was smashed.
He now holds the Guinness World Record for "most money raised by charity walk (individual)."
He also released a charity single, 'You'll Never Walk Alone,' with singer Michael Ball, which reached number one in the charts, making him the oldest artist ever to have a UK number one single.