He is a hero and a gentleman at the same time: The 100-year-old British war veteran Tom Moore, who set a world record with his donation run on the walker, is appointed knight. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Moore had inspired the whole country with his campaign for health care. The senior had given the people a “beacon in the fog of the coronavirus“, wrote Johnson, who himself had to be treated in an intensive care unit for the lung disease Covid-19.
Moore thanked knightly on Wednesday. «I am absolutely overwhelmed. I could not have imagined that I would receive such a great honor for a single moment, ”he says, thanking Queen Elizabeth II, 94, Johnson and the British people. “I’m still at your service,” writes the senior on Twitter.
War veteran (100) raised 39 million francs in donations
Johnson proposed Moore for the award and the Queen agreed. The pensioner from the English village of Marston Moretaine (Bedfordshire) can therefore bear the title «Sir». A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace of the German Press Agency could not yet say when the ceremony would be retrofitted. He hoped that the queen would not clumsily take the sword instead, Moore quipped in the BBC interview. The monarch has been withdrawing from the pandemic for many weeks.
Moore started with a £ 1,000 donation call. At the time, Moore promised that he would do 100 laps with his walker in his garden before his 100th birthday. But the donations did not stop flowing – in the end, almost 33 million pounds (about 39 million francs) were raised. Moore even managed to set a Guinness World Record for the highest sum ever raised in a fundraising run.
War veteran raves about doctors and nurses in corona crisis
All the money will go to the National Health Service (NHS). The chronically underfunded NHS can make good use of the financial injection right now in the corona crisis. There is a lack of protective equipment, medical equipment and personnel.
Moore describes the doctors and nurses in the clinics as heroes. “Every day they risk their lives for us.” He himself raves when he thinks about how self-sacrificingly doctors and nurses looked after him not so long ago. The veteran suffered from hip problems and also had skin cancer.
The action of the senior made so much impression that not only the Queen and Johnson thanked him for his 100th birthday last month. He received 125,000 birthday cards from around the world. Two World War II planes flew over the veteran’s house near Bedford several times.
«Sir Thomas Moore actually sounds quite good»
Moore, who in the meantime was promoted to colonel (colonel) by the captain (honorary), even stormed the charts with his own version of the football anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. He recorded the song together with the British singer Michael Ball and an NHS choir. This particularly impressed his youngest relatives: «My grandchildren cannot believe that I am topping the charts!»
There was even a petition demanding that Moore be knighted. He didn’t expect it himself, the humble senior had said in an interview a few weeks ago. And added slyly: “Sir Thomas Moore actually sounds quite good.” (SDA / rad)