Captain Tom Moore has been made an honorary England cricketer by Michael Vaughan in a heartwarming gesture on his 100th birthday. The national hero has been upgraded from a Captain to a Colonel by the Queen after his services for the country as he closes in on raising £30m for the NHS.
Captain Tom has brought a smile to the nation with his efforts to raise money for the NHS as they battle against the coronavirus.
His efforts have raised a stunning £30m, and as a big cricket fan he has now been welcomed into the England team.
His birthday was celebrated live on TV with an RAF fly over from a hurricane and spitfire crew.
And Michael Vaughan, England captain between 2005-07, narrated another video which included the likes of Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss and Joe Root to introduce him into the England cricket team.
“Times change but one thing remains as special now as it did 100 years ago, representing your country,” Vaughan said in the video.
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Captain Tom Moore has been introduced into the England cricket side
Captain Tom Moore celebrated his 100th birthday today
“695 men and 160 women are part of that special club of English Test cricketers. I was the fortunate captain in 2005 to lift the Urn. It doesn’t get any better. And we all want to welcome you Captain Tom to our team.”
He was followed by Alec Stewart, who said: “Happy birthday Captain Tom. 100, not out.”
Vaughan also posted an image on Instagram with the caption: “The nations Captain … Welcome to the team Colonel Tom Moore.”
Dan Walker wrote on Twitter: “What a lovely gesture from @MichaelVaughan to give @captaintommoore his England cap live on #BBCBreakfast. Lovely to see how proud his family are of him as well.”
And Captain Tom said: “I’m absolutely delighted with all the people like you who have come to wish me a very happy birthday, it really is awesome the amount of people who have made those remarks.”
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He was sent around 140,000 birthday cards to celebrate his 100th birthday.
And he said: “There’s been so much kindness shown… it really is outstanding.”
“When you see all those cards, if you’re a weeping person it would make you weep.
“All the work and all the thought those children have put into those cards. I can’t promise to read them all.”
Captain Tom Moore helping raise money for the NHS as they battle coronavirus
Boris Johnson also sent him a video message, where he said: “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. I think I first heard about your mission when you had raised about £1million, which in itself was extraordinary.
“And you’ve inspired the most incredible generosity, raising over £29 million, supporting the cause closest to our hearts.
“You’ve created a channel to enable millions to say a heartfelt thank you to the remarkable men and women who are doing the most astounding job and whose courage and compassion will be why, in the end, we will defeat coronavirus.”
Express Online are also petitioning to get Captain Tom knighted for his efforts.
The war hero has been raising money by doing laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday, which he celebrated today.
Captain Tom’s true grit to raise money for the National Health Service has spread joy across the country amid the coronavirus gloom.
So please take a moment to sign the petition and get the great man the honour he deserves.