Captain, now Colonel Tom Moore featured on a BBC News special this evening as the broadcaster looked back at the 100-year-old war veterans heroic efforts at rising money for the National Health Service. However, those watching the show were left in tears after several emotional and heart-wrenching clips were played out.
Not only is Captain Tom known for his war efforts, but now he will be fondly remembered as the man who walked 100 laps of his garden by his 100th birthday to raise money for the NHS.
What started off as a small £1,000 goal has turned into one of Just Giving’s biggest fundraisers.
With donations from more than 1.5million supports, Captain Tom raised over £32million.
And because of his exceptional efforts, he was marked with an RAF flypast and a birthday message from the Queen.
As well as being made an honorary colonel in a letter presented by Lt Col Thomas Miller, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, at his home.
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As if they weren’t enough awards, Captain Tom was also given a prestigious gold Blue Peter badge for inspiring the nation’s children.
And he also received a cricket cap on BBC Breakfast to “make him an official member of the England cricket team”.
But, when word got out he was a fan of Michael Ball OBE, a special partnership was formed.
The singer had an idea to re-create one of Captain Tom’s favourite songs and then the mission was on to get it to Number One in the official charts.
The debut charity single went straight to the top spot and Captain Tom was named the oldest artist to get a Number One hit.
Captain Tom walked 100 laps for his 100th birthday
This evening, BBC treated viewers to a look back at all his accomplishments and amongst them was a never-seen-before clip of Michael and Captain Tom meeting for the first time.
Taking to Twitter to comment, one said: “This Captain Tom programme is making me properly emotional. What a legend. #CaptainTomMoore.”
“#CaptainTomMoore @BBCNews special really heart warming, @captaintommoore such an inspiration to everyone! Shows what you can do when you put your mind to it. A true inspiration to so many generations such a fantastic story!” Someone else said.
A third added: “@captaintommoore on @BBCOne What a legend! I’m not crying, you’re crying #CaptainTomMoore.”
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Captain Tom was asked about his late wife
“Why am I sobbing like a baby #CaptainTomMoore @BBCOne @captaintommoore #CaptainTomWeSaluteYou,” someone at home tweeted.
While one viewer wrote online: “All I’m doing is crying through this. Colonel Tom is an angel. A true national hero #CaptainTomMoore.”
During Michaels conversation with Captain Tom, he wanted to know someone’s opinion in particular.
“The other thing I’ve haven’t heard anyone ask you yet – and it’s always fascinated me -what do you think you late wife would’ve made of this?” Michael questioned.
After chocking up thinking about his beloved, Captain Tom replied: “She would’ve thoroughly enjoyed it but she was a shy person, she would’ve stood back a little bit. Enjoyed it, but quietly.”
“She would’ve been very proud I’m sure,” Micheal added and Captain Tom agreed: “Yes that’s right.”