Spitfire salute planned for Tom Moore

A Spitfire flypast is reportedly being planned to mark the 100th birthday of Captain Tom Moore, who has raised more than £21 million for NHS Charities Together.

The Second World War veteran initially aimed to raise £1,000 and walk 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden before turning 100 on April 30.

But more than a million donors have helped the fundraiser approach £21.5 million as of the early hours of Saturday.

He completed his 100th lap on Thursday but as donations continue to pour in, he has vowed to keep going.

And the Daily Telegraph reported that a team of aircraft restorers are looking to run a Second World War-era flypast at the end of the month.

Alex Monk, 21, of the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar in south-east London, said the flypast would salute Captain Moore's fundraising efforts.

He told the paper: "It will be a bit of a morale-booster for us all, really, to see a Spitfire in the sky. It's been the symbol of freedom in the past and quite an icon for Tom.

"Tom, more than anyone, knows what a Spitfire means, and to hear and see a Spitfire in the air for himself will be a nice experience for him."

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Captain Tom Moore's grandson Benjie, in the Great Hall of Bedford School, Bedfordshire, where over 120,000 birthday cards sent from around the world are being opened and displayed by staff. Captain Moore celebrates his 100th birthday on Thursday. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
A mural that has been created to pay tribute to NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore outside Bradley Scott Windows in Tamworth, Staffordshire. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man prepares a letter box painted blue to mark the 100th birthday of Second World War veteran Captain Tom Moore close to the home in Marston Moretaine, near Bedford. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
BEDFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of thousands of birthday cards sent to Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday on April 30th, are pictured displayed in the Hall of Bedford School, closed-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Bedford, on April 29, 2020. - 99-year-old Moore raised just money for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) following the novel coronavirus outbreak, by walking 100 laps of his garden. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BEDFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: (EDITORS NOTE: This panoramic image was created using an iphone) A general view of thousands of birthday cards sent to Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday on April 30th, are pictured displayed in the Hall of Bedford School, closed-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Bedford, on April 29, 2020. - 99-year-old Moore raised just money for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) following the novel coronavirus outbreak, by walking 100 laps of his garden. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Captain Tom Moore's grandson Benjie, in the Great Hall of Bedford School, Bedfordshire, where over 120,000 birthday cards sent from around the world are being opened and displayed by staff. Captain Moore celebrates his 100th birthday on Thursday. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Birthday cards for Captain Tom Moore arrive at Bedford School in Bedfordshire, where over 120,000 birthday cards sent from around the world are being opened and displayed by staff. Captain Moore celebrates his 100th birthday on Thursday. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Volunteers work to open a delivery of birthday cards, to add to the over 125,000 already sent to Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday on April 30th, before putting them on display in the Great Hall of Bedford School, closed-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Bedford, north of London, on April 28, 2020. - 99-year-old Moore captured the hearts of the UK after initially setting out to raise just £1,000 for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) following the novel coronavirus outbreak, by walking 100 laps of his 25-metre (82-foot) garden, but went on to brake the record for raising the most money in an individual charity walk -- more than £27 million ($33 million, 31 million euros). (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
BEDFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Mandy Alison adds to the thousands of birthday cards sent to Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday on April 30th, are pictured displayed in the Hall of Bedford School, closed-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Bedford, on April 29, 2020. - 99-year-old Moore raised just money for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) following the novel coronavirus outbreak, by walking 100 laps of his garden. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BEDFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of thousands of birthday cards sent to Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday on April 30th, are pictured displayed in the Hall of Bedford School, closed-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Bedford, on April 29, 2020. - 99-year-old Moore raised just money for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) following the novel coronavirus outbreak, by walking 100 laps of his garden. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Captain Tom Moore and his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore speak via videolink during the official opening of the NHS Nightingale temporary hospital at the convention centre in Harrogate, northern England on April 21, 2020. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANNY LAWSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Captain Tom Moore and his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore speak via videolink during the official opening of the NHS Nightingale temporary hospital at the convention centre in Harrogate, northern England on April 21, 2020. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANNY LAWSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Artist Sam Bailey puts the finishing touches to a mural acknowledging the work being done by the NHS, emergency services and the fundraising exploits of Captain Tom Moore, at her home in Northampton as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Epaulettes on a mural by artist Sam Bailey acknowledging the work being done by the NHS, emergency services and the fundraising exploits of Captain Tom Moore, at her home in Northampton as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Artist Sam Bailey puts the finishing touches to a mural acknowledging the work being done by the NHS, emergency services and the fundraising exploits of Captain Tom Moore, at her home in Northampton as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Epaulettes on a mural by artist Sam Bailey acknowledging the work being done by the NHS, emergency services and the fundraising exploits of Captain Tom Moore, at her home in Northampton as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
HARROGATE, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Guests hold up a sign wishing a Happy 100th Birthday to Captain Tom Moore as he and his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore speak via videolink at the opening of NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and Humber in North Yorkshire on April 21, 2020 in Harrogate, United Kingdom. The hospital is one of a network of seven sites providing surge capacity across England during the coronavirus pandemicThe British government has extended the lockdown restrictions first introduced on March 23 that are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
An hourly salute to Captain Tom the army veteran in Piccadilly Circus, London. 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore's challenge to raise money for NHS charities to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday has hit £20 million, less than two weeks after he began the challenge. He completed his 100 laps on Thursday. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
An hourly salute to Captain Tom the army veteran in Piccadilly Circus, London. 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore's challenge to raise money for NHS charities to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday has hit £20 million, less than two weeks after he began the challenge. He completed his 100 laps on Thursday. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An NHS staff member wipes her eyes as she holds a sign to thank British veteran Captain Tom Moore who raised over 13 million GBP for the NHS as they take part in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) workers and frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, north-west England on April 16, 2020. - Britain on Thursday extended its lockdown to tackle the coronavirus for "at least the next three weeks", as it remains among the countries worst-hit by the pandemic with hundreds dying daily from the disease. (Photo by Anthony Devlin / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP via Getty Images)
NHS staff hold up signs to thank British veteran Captain Tom Moore who raised over 13 million GBP for the NHS as they take part in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) workers and frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, north-west England on April 16, 2020. - Britain on Thursday extended its lockdown to tackle the coronavirus for "at least the next three weeks", as it remains among the countries worst-hit by the pandemic with hundreds dying daily from the disease. (Photo by Anthony Devlin / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP via Getty Images)
NHS staff hold up a sign to thank British veteran Captain Tom Moore who raised over 13 million GBP for the NHS as they take part in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) workers and frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, north-west England on April 16, 2020. - Britain on Thursday extended its lockdown to tackle the coronavirus for "at least the next three weeks", as it remains among the countries worst-hit by the pandemic with hundreds dying daily from the disease. (Photo by Anthony Devlin / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP via Getty Images)
NHS staff hold up a sign to thank British veteran Captain Tom Moore who raised over 13 million GBP for the NHS as they take part in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) workers and frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, north-west England on April 16, 2020. - Britain on Thursday extended its lockdown to tackle the coronavirus for "at least the next three weeks", as it remains among the countries worst-hit by the pandemic with hundreds dying daily from the disease. (Photo by Anthony Devlin / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP via Getty Images)
British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, poses with his walking frame doing a lap of his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine, 50 miles north of London, on April 16, 2020. - A 99-year-old British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore on April 16 completed 100 laps of his garden in a fundraising challenge for healthcare staff that has "captured the heart of the nation", raising more than £13 million ($16.2 million, 14.9 million euros). "Incredible and now words fail me," Captain Moore said, after finishing the laps of his 25-metre (82-foot) garden with his walking frame. (Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, sits on a bench in the village of Marston Moretaine, 50 miles north of London, on April 16, 2020. - A 99-year-old British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore on April 16 completed 100 laps of his garden in a fundraising challenge for healthcare staff that has "captured the heart of the nation", raising more than £13 million ($16.2 million, 14.9 million euros). "Incredible and now words fail me," Captain Moore said, after finishing the laps of his 25-metre (82-foot) garden with his walking frame. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, poses doing a lap of his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine, 50 miles north of London, on April 16, 2020. - A 99-year-old British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore on April 16 completed 100 laps of his garden in a fundraising challenge for healthcare staff that has "captured the heart of the nation", raising more than £13 million ($16.2 million, 14.9 million euros). "Incredible and now words fail me," Captain Moore said, after finishing the laps of his 25-metre (82-foot) garden with his walking frame. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore, with (left to right) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia, at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden - raising more than 12 million pounds for the NHS. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old veteran, completing the 100th length of his garden at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. Captain Moore has raised over 12 million pounds for the NHS after receiving donations to his fundraising challenge from around the world. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old veteran, who has completed the 100th length of his garden at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, raising over 12 million pounds for the NHS with donations to his fundraising challenge from around the world. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, poses doing a lap of his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine, 50 miles north of London, on April 16, 2020. - A 99-year-old British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore on April 16 completed 100 laps of his garden in a fundraising challenge for healthcare staff that has "captured the heart of the nation", raising more than £13 million ($16.2 million, 14.9 million euros). "Incredible and now words fail me," Captain Moore said, after finishing the laps of his 25-metre (82-foot) garden with his walking frame. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, does up his tie as he sits on a bench in the village of Marston Moretaine, 50 miles north of London, on April 16, 2020. - A 99-year-old British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore on April 16 completed 100 laps of his garden in a fundraising challenge for healthcare staff that has "captured the heart of the nation", raising more than £13 million ($16.2 million, 14.9 million euros). "Incredible and now words fail me," Captain Moore said, after finishing the laps of his 25-metre (82-foot) garden with his walking frame. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Captain Moore's challenge has captured the hearts of the nation, and he has been personally thanked by the Duke of Cambridge.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is looking at ways to recognise his "heroic efforts".

Speaking on BBC Radio 2's Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Friday, Captain Moore said: "It really is absolutely enormous isn't it. That sum of money is very difficult to imagine but it's coming in so well."

His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said: "Tom is clear that as long as people believe that he's worth investing in, he will keep walking because this is for such a phenomenal cause.

"We know that this story will have a life to it, so as long as people are donating we'll keep supporting my father to do it and he will keep walking."

Captain Moore was earlier shown a pre-recorded message from William, in which he praised the veteran's achievement as "incredible" and "amazing".

In the video, William said: "What I love also is that he's a 99-year-old war vet, he's been around a long time, knows everything and it's wonderful that everyone has been inspired by his story and his determination.

"I think he's a one-man fundraising machine.

"God knows what the final total will be but good on him, I hope he keeps going."

Originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, Captain Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Army for the Second World War, rising to captain and serving in India and Burma.

Donations to NHS Charities Together can still be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalkforthenhs.

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