A special postmark has been made in order to celebrate the 100th birthday of NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore.
He’s set to celebrate his birthday on the 30th of April, and the special postmark will be used on all mail sent from Monday until May 1.
The postmark reads: “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020.”
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Today we launch a very special postmark to celebrate Captain Thomas Moore's 100th Birthday! The postmark will pay tribute to the work of the inspiring NHS fundraiser who has captured the hearts and minds of the nation in the midst of the ongoing crisis. “What Captain Thomas Moore has achieved is truly phenomenal, and this is reflected in the affection shown for him across the world. As Royal Mail works to keep the country connected during these challenging times, we are honoured to issue a special postmark in celebration of his 100th birthday. We continue to deliver the many tens of thousands of birthday cards from well-wishers across the UK and abroad as people look to show their gratitude for all he has achieved on a more personal level. We would like to extend our own best wishes and congratulations to him from everyone at Royal Mail.” #CaptainTomMoore
The World War II veteran has touched the hearts of people worldwide, as thousands of cards continue to be sent in to celebrate his birthday.
Captain Tom set out to complete 100 laps of his yard before his 100th birthday in order to raise much needed funds for the NHS and completed his final laps on the 17th of April surrounded by a military guard in honour of his achievements.
His initial aim was to raise £1,000 ($AUD 1,926) but his goal was completed in around 24 hours and he extended his challenge to 200 laps after completing the challenge two weeks ahead of schedule.
More than 1.3 million people around the world have donated an incredible £29,353,122 ($AUD 56,123,049).
There are calls for Tom to be knighted and he was even part of a chart-topping hit and became the oldest person in the UK to reach number 1.
“What wonderful news to receive today, a number one single and a record breaker too – my grandchildren can’t believe I am a chart-topper,” he said.
“I have to thank Michael Ball, the NHS Voices of Care Choir and everyone behind the scenes, who shared their talents and expertise in order to raise money for the NHS, to whom we owe so much.”
Many around the world have also sent Captain Tom cards ahead of his birthday, with more than 100,000 cards being processed and many more being expected as his birthday draws closer.
Royal Mail has adapted its sorting machines in the South Midlands Mail Centre to re-route all of his post to a dedicated collection box.
David Gold, director of public affairs and policy at Royal Mail says that Captain Tom’s achievements are “truly phenomenal”.
“What Captain Thomas Moore has achieved is truly phenomenal, and this is reflected in the affection shown for him across the world.
“As Royal Mail works to keep the country connected during these challenging times, we are honoured to issue a special postmark in celebration of his 100th birthday.
“We continued to deliver the many tens of thousands of birthday cards from well-wishers across the UK and abroad as people look to show their gratitude for all he has achieved on a more personal level.”
This article originally appeared on Over60.