‘Captain Tom,’ WWII Vet Who Raised $36M for Essential Workers, Gets 125K Cards on 100th Birthday
Captain Tom Moore touched the hearts of people around the world after completing 100 laps in his backyard garden earlier this month to raise more than $36 million for the U.K.’s National Health Service amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, thousands of Moore’s admirers are showing him their appreciation in return, according to BBC.
Ahead of his 100th birthday on Thursday, the World War II veteran has received an astonishing 125,000 birthday cards. The letters have come from all over the globe, and include cards from Prince William and Kate Middleton, former Olympian Kelly Holmes, and English football star Harry Kane.
“The volume of cards that have been sent to granddad is just astonishing,” Moore’s 16-year-old grandson, Benjie Ingram-Moore, told BBC.
Because their local post office had been inundated with cards, Ingram-Moore turned to his school for help. Over the last few days, the school’s staff, along with parents and students, have volunteered to organize Moore’s cards on a display set up in the school’s hall.
A photograph of Ingram-Moore in front of the arrangement shows him dwarfed by the sea of cards that have been sent to his grandfather.
Not only has he helped to raise money by walking, but Moore has also done so by showing off his singing talents.
Moore recently starred in a cover of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with singer Michael Ball, which went viral on YouTube and has become a No. 1 single in the U.K. Proceeds from the chart-topper will benefit the NHS.
“We’re in this together, and I am forever grateful for your support,” Moore told BBC of his hit song. “And this just proves ‘you’ll never walk alone.'”
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