British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore made headlines earlier this month for his impressive fundraising efforts. The 99-year-old walked laps around his garden to raise money for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), raising more than $36 million and garnering global attention and affection in the process. Now, for his 100th birthday, people around the world are thanking Captain Moore with many, many birthday cards.
The Bedford School, near Captain Tom’s home in central England, has assumed responsibility for opening and displaying the more than 125,000 cards received. James Hodgson, its headmaster, said, “It’s the most amazing outpouring of love for a great man. We’ve had cards from all around the world, not just the UK … we’ve had cards from two year olds and we’ve had cards from 92 year olds.”
Hodgson is planning to display as many cards as possible and send Moore a photograph of the final result. The cards have already filled an entire hall, with more arriving every day.
Captain Tom is turning 100 years old on April 30, 2020.
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