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Colonel Tom Moore (left) with General Mark Carleton-Smith, CGS – (photo courtesy of the MoD)

Reporter: Stuart Littleford – News

Hero fundraiser Colonel Tom Moore is to be knighted, following a special nomination from the Prime Minister.

Col Tom, who celebrated his 100th birthday last month, is to be recognised for his extraordinary fundraising achievements after capturing the hearts of people across the country.

The Second World War veteran became a national hero after raising £33m for the NHS – a Guinness World Record – having walked 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden.

Following Col Tom’s amazing charity feats, the Prime Minister personally recommended Col Tom be exceptionally honoured to Her Majesty the Queen.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“Colonel Tom’s fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the whole country and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus.

“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.”

Col Tom’s honour, which has been graciously approved by Her Majesty the Queen, is due to be formally announced tomorrow.

The Government is also set to give further details on plans for how frontline heroes, who have been fighting coronavirus across the country, will be honoured in the coming months and how the public will be able to play their part.

A Government spokesperson told GPSJ:

“We know there is huge appetite to say thank you to all those supporting the nation during this emergency and doing incredible things day in, day out, up and down the country.

“We will ensure these unsung heroes are recognised in the right way, at the right time.”

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