Today marks the day when Captain Tom Moore became Captain Sir Tom Moore after he raised over £30m for the NHS at a time when the country was bunkered down during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sir Tom Moore was born in Keighley on 30th April 1920 and grew up in the town. His mother was a school teacher and his father was a builder.
Captain Sir Thomas Moore served in India, the Burma Campaign and Sumatra during the Second World War and he later became an instructor in armoured warfare.
After the war, his grit and determination helped him to set up a successful concrete business.
Fast forward to 2020, and as some people were climbing over themselves to deplete the supermarket shelves of pasta and toilet paper, Sir Tom Moore was figuring out a way of helping the truly remarkable men and women of the NHS.
As NHS staff, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and EMTs were finishing their life-saving shifts, only to be met with empty shelves by the time they got to the supermarkets, Sir Tom was dedicating his time to helping the men and women who were saving peoples lives.
So Sir Tom took to his feet and aided by his trusty walker, he decided to do a charity walk for the men and women of the NHS.
He initially thought that he would raise just a few thousand pounds.
Sir Tom; I salute you and everything you stand for. You have reminded us that we should never give up.
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