A school hall was reserved for the thousands of cards that international sensation Captain Tom Moore received on his 100th birthday.
Captain Tom, who served in India and Burma during WWII, has raised more than £30 million ($37.4 million) for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) by walking laps of his garden.
He had a modest fundraising goal when he decided to walk the one hundred laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
But news of his fundraising efforts was shared on social media and the donations soon came flooding in.
Speaking to the BBC Tom said: “It seems almost like fairy land to think that we started off at £1,000 to a sum of money that’s not believable, is it?”
Captain Tom, who has been given the honorary promotion of Colonel, also celebrated his 100th birthday with a personal RAF flypast in honor of his incredible efforts to raise money for the NHS.
The veteran punched his fist with joy as the planes flew over his home three times. He said it was “just brilliant” to see the aircraft, which used to “fly in anger” and now “fly in peace,” as reported by the Express newspaper.
A group of volunteers came forward to help open Captain Tom’s cards.
The volume of cards that have been sent to grandad is just astonishing,” Benjie Ingram-Moore, who has been managing the veteran’s social media accounts, said as per CNN.
“So many of the cards are truly heartfelt with thousands from young children who have taken the time to use their artistic talent and write a personal message.”
Captain Tom, who received a birthday card from the Queen on his milestone birthday, moved in with his son and his family in Bedfordshire, southeast England, after his wife died in 2006.
“His mature wisdom, no-nonsense attitude and humor in adversity make him an inspirational role model to generations young and old,” General Mark Carleton-Smith, chief of the general staff of the British Army, said as per CNN.
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