Incredible scenes as Captain Tom Moore receives 125,000 cards for his 100th birthday
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Incredible scenes as Captain Tom Moore receives 125,000 cards for his 100th birthday

THE WAR hero who raised over £29 million for NHS charities has received a whopping 125,000 birthday cards from well-wishers.

Captain Tom Moore, who became a viral sensation for his walking challenge which saw him raise millions for the UK's National Health Service, celebrated his 100th birthday last Thursday.

125,000 birthday cards were sent to Bedford school to celebrate the 100th birthday of War Veteran Captain Tom Moore (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Tens of thousands of birthday cards were sent to his grandson's school in Bedford to help the World War II veteran celebrate the milestone birthday after he lifted spirits across the globe with his incredible campaign to raise money by walking laps around his garden with the help of his walker.

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Captain Tom raised over £29 million for NHS charities with his walking campaign

British Royals Kate and William, Dame Kelly Holmes and the England football captain Harry Kane were among those sending best wishes to Captain Tom after his 16-year-old grandson Benjie Ingram-Moore helped organise the campaign to mark the momentous occassion.

Grandson Benjie told Sky News:

"The volume of cards that have been sent to granddad is just astonishing.

"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."

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Tens of thousands of people have written to Captain Tom to honour him on his milestone 100th birthday (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

"It means a lot to granddad as well as us as a family. We are hugely proud of how the nation has taken granddad to its heart. Words can't express how much I idolise him."

Extra donations within the birthday cards helped rise a further £60,000 for Captain Tom's campaign, and while the coronavirus pandemic crushed his plan to spend his milestone birthday with his family, the outpouring of love he received from strangers has more than eased the disappointment.

Happy birthday, Captain Tom-- here's to many more!

Mandy Alison poses with a selection of over 125,000 birthday cards sent to Captain Tom Moore, for his 100th birthday on April 30th (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)