Captain Tom Moore celebrating number one single
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Captain Tom To Be Honoured In City Of London’s First 'Virtual' Ceremony

The 100-year-old Second World War veteran raised nearly £33 million for the NHS.

Captain Tom Moore celebrating number one single

Captain Tom Moore is to be honoured with the Freedom of the City of London in a ceremony that will take place virtually for the first time.

The 100-year-old Second World War veteran, who raised nearly £33 million for the NHS, is set to be honoured in an ancient tradition, which is believed to date back to 1237.

"I am deeply honoured to be granted the Freedom of the City of London," Captain Tom said.

"I remain humbled by the love and gratitude that I have received from the British public, and this honour is something that I will truly value for the rest of my life."

Captain Tom captured the hearts of a nation by setting off on 6 April to complete 100 laps of his garden to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, which supports staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.

Captain Tom Moore has already been made an honorary colonel by the Queen to mark his 100th birthday (Picture: MOD).

A groundswell of international support had seen his JustGiving fundraising page close at £32,796,405 on his 100th birthday on 30 April.

He is now set to receive his honour in recognition of his outstanding charitable work at a ceremony which is to be live streamed on YouTube on Tuesday.

Captain Tom was granted the Freedom of the City of London after a special nomination by William Russell, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at the City of London Corporation.

"My colleagues and I were touched greatly by Captain Moore’s inspirational efforts to support the NHS and impressed by his remarkable achievement, his commitment to this cause, and the sheer generosity of his supporters," the Lord Mayor said.

The veteran, who served in the Yorkshire Regiment and fought in Burma, is in lockdown in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, with members of his family.

Cover image: PA.