Coronavirus: Capt Tom guest of honor at the opening of Harrogate Hospital


Captain Tom Moore

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The 99-year-old woman will be the guest of honor at the opening of a Nightingale hospital in Yorkshire

A 99-year-old war veteran who raised £ 23 million for the NHS will be the guest of honor at the opening of a Nightingale hospital in Harrogate.

Captain Tom Moore originally intended to raise £ 1,000 for NHS Charities Together by making 100 garden tours before his 100th birthday.

The veteran, who was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, will appear via video link at the opening on Tuesday.

He said it was an honor and a chance to directly thank the NHS workers.

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Field hospital – housed in the Harrogate Convention Center (photo) – opens Tuesday

Capt Tom, who lives in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, said: “I am always amazed at the kindness and generosity of the British public who continue to give despite the fact that it is an uncertain period for many.

“I think the amount raised demonstrates how much we all appreciate the dedication and sacrifice made by our NHS employees. I fought in a war and they are fighting in a war too. “

NHS Charities Together said he was “truly inspired and humiliated” by his efforts.

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Media captionWatch Capt Tom Moore complete his 100th lap

Simon Stevens, Director General of the NHS, said: “On behalf of the NHS, our sincere thanks go to Captain Tom Moore for his remarkable fundraising efforts for NHS charities.

“Inviting Captain Moore to be our guest of honor at the opening of the NHS Nightingale Yorkshire and Humber is the least we can do to thank him. “

The Harrogate Convention Center will be used for 500 beds – the first of the field hospitals to be built outside of a city.

The veteran, who served in Myanmar during World War II, was praised by the Duke of Cambridge, who described him as an “individual fundraising machine”.

Prince William also donated for an undisclosed amount.

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Capt Tom served in India and Myanmar during World War II

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, Colonel of the Yorkshire Regiment, described Capt Tom as “an absolute legend” from “an exceptional generation that continues to inspire our Yorkshire soldiers today.”

Keighley’s city council said it would “honor the fundraising hero” with the freedom of the city.

Capt Tom also inspired others to raise funds, including a youngster from Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

Hector Dee walks six miles in six days to mark his sixth birthday.

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Soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment have formed an honor guard for the final rounds


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