Hero war veteran to receive knighthood for charity record

A British war veteran who captured hearts when he raised $61 million (AUD) for UK heath workers is set to receive a knighthood for his efforts.

Tom Moore aimed to raise £1000 by doing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

But when word about his charity attempt got out, more than one million people donated to the cause with the final total coming in at £32,794,701.


He was given the honorary title of Colonel to mark his 100th birthday and was even given a RAF flyover to celebrate the milestone.

He also received a special birthday greeting from the Queen.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed Colonel Tom will now be further recognised for his efforts after recommending him for a knighthood.

“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,” Mr Johnson said.

“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.”

It’s understood the Queen has already approved the nomination but it’s not clear when the honour will be bestowed upon him due to social distancing.

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