Captain Tom Moore given colonel title on 100th birthday

Captain Tom Moore, who raised more than £29m for the NHS by walking laps of his garden, has been made an honorary colonel on his 100th birthday.

Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith made the appointment, which has been approved by the Queen, in order to inspire the next generation of soldiers.

The Second World War veteran is celebrating his birthday at home with his family after a whirlwind few weeks.

His determination captured the public imagination and after completing 100 lengths he decided to continue.

A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane has been organised by the RAF to mark the day.

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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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Capt Moore has been overwhelmed with birthday messages, including more than 140,000 cards which are being opened at a special sorting office set up at his grandson's school.

Royal Mail has painted a postbox in Capt Moore's village NHS blue in tribute to his fundraising efforts.

The postbox, in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, has been decorated with a golden balloon.

David Gold, of Royal Mail, said: "We wish Captain Thomas Moore a very happy 100th birthday.

"His achievements are truly phenomenal, and this is reflected in the affection shown for him across the world."

Bill Chandi, who has been Marston Moretaine's postmaster for 32 years, said: "This has been an incredible time – far, far busier than even Christmas, but I am very happy to help as Captain Tom is a remarkable man, a real role model."

Both the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have written to Capt Moore to congratulate him on his achievements.

In a video released by Clarence House, Camilla said of "wonderful" Capt Moore's fundraising efforts: "That sort of thing makes you proud to be British, doesn't it."

Capt Moore will not be leaving his house at all on Thursday and has asked that people stay at home and wish him a happy birthday from afar.

"It is quite extraordinary that I am turning 100," said Capt Moore.

"It is even more extraordinary that I am doing so with this many well-wishers and I am in awe at the response my walking has had.

"To everyone who has donated, sent birthday cards and messages, sincerely thank you.

"Please stay home, stay safe.

"Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day."

He plans to spend his special day at home with his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her family, who he has been self-isolating with.

They will all celebrate privately and will be joined by his daughter Lucy and her family through the use of technology.

The veteran and his family have been inundated with offers of gifts for his birthday.

"I am very comfortable and have everything I need," said Capt Moore.

"Covid-19 has left so many without, so please donate to those in need. Thank you."

Virtual birthday cards can be shared on social media using #CardForTom.

Capt Moore has been honoured with a Royal Mail postmark, with all stamped post until Friday marked "Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020."

He has also had a Great Western Railway (GWR) train named after him in honour of his charity achievements.

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