Captain Tom is sent 120,000 birthday cards that fill entire school hall for his 100th birthday – The Sun
BRITISH hero Captain Tom Moore has received 120,000 birthday cards as he celebrates turning 100.
But the World War Two veteran has turned down all offers of gifts – and instead asks well-wishers to give to those suffering with coronavirus.
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Cpt Tom set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Communities by doing laps of his garden in Bedfordshire before his big birthday on Thursday, April 30.
But he passed that target in just 24 hours – and has now raised an astonishing £29million.
And after hundreds of thousands of Brits wrote to the fabulous fundraiser, children at Bedford School, near Cpt Tom's home, have filled their school hall with the cards.
Cpt Tom explained his decision to refuse gifts on Twitter, writing: "I continue to be offered lots of lovely items.
"I really do have everything I need but others are struggling due to Covid-19 so, rather than giving to me, please look to donate these generous offers to a local care home or someone in your community.
Yesterday Cpt Tom's eldest daughter Lucy Teixeira said he had received at least a thousands gifts "of everything from chocolate and flowers".
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Speaking to the Sunday People, daughter Lucy said: "He is absolutely blown away and humbled by the support."
She added she will be singing Happy Birthday to her father on BBC Breakfast on Thursday.
Today, we revealed that Cpt Tom will also be honoured with an RAF flypast, as well as receiving a personalised telegram from the Queen.
Producers at BBC Breakfast — who were among the first to back the veteran’s efforts — have lined up a raft of celebrations to mark the war hero’s big day on Thursday, after working closely with Buckingham Palace chiefs.
Cpt Tom, who currently holds the UK No1 single, will have the entire programme dedicated to his life and achievements.
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