LONDON: A train has been named after Captain Tom Moore in honour of his fundraising achievements during the Covid-19 crisis. The war veteran has raised £29m for the NHS by walking 100 laps around his garden.
According to a BBC report, the Great Western Railway (GWR) intercity express train 800025 will go into service carrying its new name on Thursday, Captain Tom’s 100th birthday. GWR said the high-speed train would carry key workers to and from work. It said the naming followed requests from the public.
Matthew Golton, from the company, said: “With his indomitable spirit what Captain Tom has achieved is truly inspirational, and an example to us all.” The World War Two veteran, from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, initially hoped to raise £1,000 during his challenge for NHS Charities Together.
He had wanted to thank the “magnificent” NHS staff who had helped him with cancer treatment and a broken hip. Captain Tom’s birthday will also be marked with an RAF flypast,
In another tribute, all mail sent this week until Friday will be stamped with a special postmark in his honour. Volunteers have also been brought in to open and display thousands of birthday cards sent to him – about 20 volunteers are opening the cards ahead of his birthday.
Captain Tom has also become the first ever centenarian to top the charts, after his duet with Michael Ball went straight to number one. The 99-year-old war veteran wh has also been honoured with a special postmark. Royal Mail will stamp all letters with the message to celebrate Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday on Thursday.
All stamped post up until Friday will be marked with: “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020.” Royal Mail said it was “honoured” to issue the postmark.
World War Two veteran Capt Tom, from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, has extended his challenge to 200 laps after he completed the first 100 laps 14 days ahead of schedule.
On Friday it was revealed Capt Tom would be the first ever centenarian to top the charts, after his duet with Michael Ball went straight to number one. Their cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone sold 82,000 copies, with proceeds going 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 staff and military personnel during the virtual ceremony.