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Until a couple of weeks ago he was largely unknown, but now Captain Tom Moore had become a symbol of British determination and grit in the face of adversity.
In celebration of his upcoming 100th birthday, the former British Army officer, who served in India and the Burma campaign during the Second World War, resolved to raise £1,000 for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by walking a hundred lengths of his Bedfordshire back garden – which is 25m in length – before becoming a centenarian.
He well and truly blew that target out the water, so far raising almost £30 million, thanks to 1,375,107 donors from around the world.
Having touched the hearts of so many people, Captain Tom was inundated with 100,000 birthday cards and 1,000 presents – including a card from two-year-old Emelie Willis and her six-week-old baby brother George, from Campbeltown – ahead of his birthday, which was yesterday, Thursday April 30.
Emelie crafted the handmade card with a little help from her mummy, Chelsea Willis, and her granny, Val McAulay.
Emelie with her card for Captain Tom Moore. NO_c18captaintom01
Mummy Chelsea and Granny Val helped Emilie craft her card. NO_c18captaintom02