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Beloved British WWII vet who raised millions for COVID-19 response turns 100, gets a promotion
To celebrate his 100th birthday, Tom Moore appointed to Honorary Colonel as fighter jets flew overhead
Thomson Reuters · Posted: Apr 30, 2020 7:05 AM ET | Last Updated: 6 hours ago
British Second World War veteran captain Tom Moore, who has become a national hero after raising millions for the health service, celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday with a promotion, military flypasts and a message from the prime minister.
Earlier this month, Moore began his fundraising mission for charities that help front-line National Health Service staff battling the COVID-19 crisis by completing laps of his garden with the help of a walking frame, initially setting out to raise just 1,000 pounds.
As he celebrated his centenary, the amount he raised topped 30 million pounds ($52 million Cdn), the Guinness World Record for the most money raised by an individual through a walk.
He has also become the oldest person to notch a number-one single on Britain's main music chart, having been featured on a cover version of You'll Never Walk Alone, with his endeavours winning the hearts and admiration of the public at home and across the world.
To celebrate his birthday, Moore was appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, based near the town where he grew up, a position that came with the approval of Queen Elizabeth, the defence ministry said.
He has also been re-presented with his Second World War Defence Medal, which he had lost.
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