Captain Tom Moore thanks public for ‘overwhelming’ support on 100th birthday

Captain Tom Moore has thanked the public for their "very overwhelming" generosity on his 100th birthday, telling supporters the past few weeks have put a spring in his step.

The Second World War veteran set out to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on Thursday with an initial fundraising target of £1,000.

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

He has since raised nearly £30 million for the NHS and has been elevated to national hero status, getting a birthday message from the Prime Minister broadcast on BBC Breakfast on Thursday.

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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 said: "Reaching 100 is quite something. Reaching 100 with such interest in me and huge generosity from the public is very overwhelming.

"People keep saying what I have done is remarkable, however it's actually what you have done for me which is remarkable.

"I felt a little frustrated and disappointed after I broke my hip and it knocked my confidence.

"However, the past three weeks have put a spring back in my step. I have renewed purpose and have thoroughly enjoyed every second of this exciting adventure, but I can't keep walking forever."

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A policeman passes a Happy Birthday banner to mark the 100th birthday of Second World War veteran Captain Tom Moore close to his home in Marston Moretaine, near Bedford (Joe Giddens/PA)

Capt Moore said the donations page will close on Thursday evening, but encouraged people to continue to donate directly to NHS Charities.

He finished his message by saying: "My legs may be tired, but my mind is racing and I'm hoping to be back very soon with other ways in which I can help people, help others.

"Please always remember, '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 and will be joined by his daughter Lucy and her family digitally.

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.

In his own birthday message to Capt Moore, Boris Johnson said: "Captain Tom, I know I speak for the whole country when I say 'We wish you a very happy 100th birthday'.

"Your heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation. You've created a channel to enable millions to say a heartfelt thank you to the remarkable men and women in our NHS who are doing the most astounding job.

"There is a tradition going back some years now where the Prime Minister takes a moment each day to thank someone for their service to others.

"By recognising them as a point of light. Captain Tom, that is exactly what you are – a point of light in all our lives."

Capt Moore thanked the Prime Minister for his "really outstanding" message.

A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane has been organised by the RAF to mark Capt Moore's birthday, and he has been appointed as an honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College.

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A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane passed over Capt Moore's Bedfordshire home on Thursday (Joe Giddens/PA)

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.

He was also awarded the Freedom of the City of London on Thursday in recognition of his charity work.

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.

Birthday cards for Captain Tom Moore at Bedford School
Birthday cards for Captain Tom Moore at Bedford School (Joe Giddens/PA)

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."

"We tip our cap to you, Captain Tom," a special dedication video voiced over by @JNesbittTV launched to thank @captaintommoore for his valiant fund raising efforts for the #Covid19 Urgent Appeal. 💙 pic.twitter.com/NdIrHE3EDf

— NHSCharitiesTogether (@NHSCharities) April 29, 2020

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

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