Captain Tom Moore Given RAF Flypast on 100th Birthday After Raising £30m for Hospitals

Captain Tom Moore, who has raised £30 million for the National Health Service (NHS), has been promoted to honorary colonel by the Queen to mark his 100th birthday today.

Colonel Moore, who raised the money for the NHS by walking 100 lengths of his 80ft garden using his walking frame, has also received a military flypast above his home in Bedfordshire.

A Spitfire and Hurricane performed three loops above the veteran's home as Colonel Moore, surrounded by his family, looked on.

The Ministry of Defence said the flypast would "celebrate Captain Tom's birthday and mark his amazing fundraising achievement".

Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on April 30, 1920, Captain Moore has been hailed as an "inspiration to us all" by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, after he initially set out to raise £10,000 ($12,500) for the NHS.

The war veteran has received over 100,000 birthday cards alongside a personal letter from the Queen.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also sent a personal birthday message to Colonel Moore on BBC Breakfast.

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 recognize you as a point of light."

Colonel Moore said it was "extraordinary" to be turning 100, especially with "this many well-wishers".

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Captain Tom Moore has raised £30,000,00 for the NHS Getty

As he hit the £30 million pound mark this morning, Colonel Moore wrote on Twitter: "£30 Million! THANK YOU everyone you are all magnificent."

He is expected to spend the day in self-isolation with his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her family at his home.

Alongside being made an honorary colonel, he is also being made an honorary England cricketer by former England captain Michael Vaughan.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace paid tribute to Colonel Moore, saying he not only embodies "the spirit of our incredible veteran community but also the resolve of this nation".

His cover of You'll Never Walk Alone, together with singer Michael Ball, reached number one in the charts, which made him the oldest artist ever to have a U.K. number-one single.

In a message to his supporters, Colonel Moore said: "It is quite extraordinary that I am turning 100.

"It is even more extraordinary that I am doing so with this many well-wishers and I am in awe at the response my walking has had.

"To everyone who has donated, sent birthday cards and messages, sincerely thank you."