Veterans

Public Petition Launched For Captain Tom Moore To Be Knighted

The 99-year-old British Army veteran has raised more than £14 million for the NHS after completing more than 100 laps of his garden.

A petition has been launched for a 99-year-old British Army veteran, who has raised more than £14 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden, to be knighted.

Captain Tom Moore, who served in India and Burma during the Second World War, captured the nation's attention in his quest to complete 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden in time for his 100th birthday this month, walking with the aid of a frame.

Upon completing a century of laps on 16 April, two weeks ahead of his target, he was met with a Guard of Honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.

He initially pledged to raise £1,000 by completing the challenge, but the donations have gone well into the millions.

Mr Moore is raising money for NHS Charities Together, to thank the "magnificent" staff who recently treated him for a broken hip and cancer. 

NHS worker Sonia Wilson has launched an online public petition, calling for the 99-year-old to be knighted, which has more than 191,000 signatures.

She said: "As a NHS midwife, I know how much his fundraising and support means on the ground. And how much it means to staff during this awful pandemic. He deserves to be knighted."

The veteran has also received multiple messages of thanks from health workers, sports personalities and politicians.

Mr Moore told Forces News he will continue walking for as long as people continue donating.

Veteran Captain Tom Moore finishes walk that raised millions for NHS charities
Veteran Captain Tom Moore finishes walk that raised millions for NHS charities (Picture: MOD).

Upon reaching the £10 million mark earlier this week, he took to social media to thank those donating.

He wrote: "Virtutis Fortuna Comes," the motto of the Army's Duke of Wellington's Regiment, which Mr Moore joined 80 years ago.

Posting on Twitter this morning, the veteran said: "The JustGiving page has crashed with all your amazing efforts.

"I salute you all.

"Incredible and now words fail me."

Major Ian Atkins, officer commanding the troops in the Guard of Honour, said: "The soldiers, standing apart and yet together in support of Captain Tom, couldn’t be prouder to count him as one of their own, and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his service to the country, and now his achievements in the name of the NHS.

"The British Army, the NHS and the whole nation has been behind him every step of the way."

Cover image: Army veteran Captain Tom Moore (Picture: PA).