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Captain Tom Moore gets special Royal Mail postmark to celebrate 100th birthday

The Second World War veteran has raised more than £28 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden.

Captain Tom Moore
Captain Tom Moore
Image: Joe Giddens via PA Images

ALL MAIL SENT in the UK from today will be stamped with a special postmark to celebrate the upcoming 100th birthday of NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore.

The Royal Mail postmark, which will be applied to all stamped post between 26 April and 1 May reads: “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020.”

The Second World War veteran has raised more than £28 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden in Bedfordshire ahead of his milestone birthday.

His original target of £1,000 was broken in around 24 hours and he extended his challenge to 200 laps after he completed the first 100 14 days ahead of schedule.

captain-thomas-moore-postmak Special postmark to celebrate the upcoming 100th birthday of Captain Tom Moore Source: Royal Mail via PA Images

The postal recognition comes after Royal Mail had to adapt its sorting machines in the South Midlands Mail Centre to re-route all post to Captain Tom into a dedicated collection box.

A spokesman said staff had already processed more than 100,000 cards using this new process and were expecting thousands more in the run-up to his birthday.

David Gold, director of public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said: “What Captain Thomas Moore has achieved is truly phenomenal, and this is reflected in the affection shown for him across the world.

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“As Royal Mail works to keep the country connected during these challenging times, we are honoured to issue a special postmark in celebration of his 100th birthday.

“We continued to deliver the many tens of thousands of birthday cards from well-wishers across the UK and abroad as people look to show their gratitude for all he has achieved on a more personal level.

“We would like to extend our own best wishes and congratulations to him from everyone at Royal Mail.”

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