Coronavirus: Captain Tom Moore receives birthday stamp from Royal Mail

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Media captionWatch Capt Tom Moore complete his 100th lap

The 99-year-old war veteran who raised £ 29 million for the NHS through garden tours has received a special stamp.

Royal Mail will stamp all letters with the message to celebrate Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday on Thursday.

All items stamped until Friday will be marked, “Happy 100th birthday, Captain Thomas Moore, hero of the NHS fundraiser on April 30, 2020.”

Royal Mail said it was “honored” to issue the postmark.

Capt Tom, World War II veteran from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, extended his challenge to 200 laps after completing the first 100 laps 14 days before the scheduled date.

His initial fundraising goal of £ 1,000 was exceeded in about 24 hours and he has now raised over £ 29 million for the NHS.

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Legend

All mail sent until Friday will be stamped with the commemorative postmark


David Gold, director of public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said, “What Captain Thomas Moore has accomplished is truly phenomenal, and it is reflected in the affection shown to him around the world.

“As Royal Mail strives to keep the country connected during these difficult times, we are honored to issue a special seal to celebrate its 100th anniversary. “

Royal Mail said it had to adapt its sorting machines in the South Midlands Mail Center to redirect all messages to Capt Tom in a dedicated collection box.

A spokesperson said staff have already processed more than 100,000 cards using the new process and expect thousands more before their birthday.

Volunteers were also brought in to open and display the thousands of cards, which are presented at the Bedford school where Capt Tom’s grandson is present.

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Legend

82,000 copies of Capt Tom Moore and Michael Ball’s cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone


On Friday, it was revealed that Capt Tom would be the first centennial to top the charts after his duo with Michael Ball became number one.

Their cover of You Will Never Walk Alone sold 82,000 copies, the proceeds being donated to the NHS Charities Together fund.

Capt Tom also opened a new Nightingale hospital in Harrogate on Tuesday.

He received a standing ovation from NHS and military personnel during the virtual ceremony.

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Media captionPeople inspired by Captain Tom’s fundraising

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