Why our Captain Tom Moore deserves NHS hospital honour – The Yorkshire Post says

HOW fitting that Captain Tom Moore, the country’s new national hero, should be saluted by soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, forming a guard of honour as he completed his NHS fundraising mission.

Graeme Bandeira's cartoon honouring Captain Tom Moore.
Graeme Bandeira's cartoon honouring Captain Tom Moore.

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We salute Captain Tom Moore, 99, and £8m tribute to NHS: The Yorkshire Post says

His herculean effort, walking 100 laps of his garden to mark the centenary of his birth, was marked by Brigadier Andrew Jackson, the Commander of the Yorkshire Regiment. “Captain Moore, you are an absolute legend that comes from an exceptional generation who are still inspiring Yorkshire soldiers today,” he told the proud 99-year-old.

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No words can do justice to the quiet fortitude, and humbling humility, of this Keighley-born war veteran (and national treasure) who initially hoped to raise £1,000 to thank NHS staff for his past care and to recognise their efforts treating Covid-19 patients.

99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden - raising more than £12m for the NHS.

By yesterday lunchtime, the total had eclipsed £13m and provided the nation with the type of morale boost that the iconic Dame Vera Lynn afforded the wartime generation when Captain Moore and his comrades were fighting for our freedom.

And as calls grow for this hero to be knighted on the day of his 100th birthday, The Yorkshire Post offers this invitation to Health Secretary Matt Hancock: Minister, it would be fitting if one of the new hospitals you have promised Yorkshire should become the Captain Tom Moore Infirmary. Or, better still, once he has received his deserved Knighthood: Sir Tom Moore Infirmary.

But the last word for now must go to Captain Moore: “The sun will shine on you again. And the clouds will go away.” Here’s hoping...

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Captain Tom Moore completes his incredible fundraising journey.

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James Mitchinson

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