Colonel Tom Moore To Be Knighted For Raising Over $40,300,000 For NHS
Colonel Tom Moore, who became a national hero in Britain after raising £33 million ($40.3 million) for the National Health Service in the run-up to his 100th birthday, is to be knighted.
Moore becomes "Sir Tom" after a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The World War II veteran raised the world record sum by painstakingly completing 100 laps of his garden with the aid of a walking frame.
"Colonel Tom's fantastic fund-raising broke records, inspired the whole country, and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus," Johnson said on Tuesday.
"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 honor is the latest bestowed on Moore. For his 100th birthday last month, Queen Elizabeth agreed that he should be made an honorary colonel and he was also made an honorary member of the England cricket team, as per Reuters.
He also holds the Guinness World Record for the most money raised by an individual through a walk.
Raised in Yorkshire, northern England, Moore served in India, Burma (present Myanmar), and Sumatra during World War Two. He urged young people to look forward with hope.
“There’s a future for everyone,” he said. He added:
“Give everybody a little smile and see if they’ll smile back.”
“You have got to look forward to the fact that things will improve as they always do: things will get better and we will have a lovely golden sky and hear the larks singing again beautifully." – Sir Tom
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