The 99-year-old war veteran who has raised £ 29 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden has been honored with a special postmark.
Royal Mail will stamp all letters with the message to celebrate Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday on Thursday.
All messages sealed through Friday will be marked with: “Happy 100th Birthday from Captain Thomas Moore, NHS Fundraising Hero, April 30, 2020.”
Royal Mail said it was “honorable” to issue the postmark.
World War II veteran captain Tom Tom of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire has extended his challenge to 200 laps after completing the first 100 laps 14 days ahead of schedule.
His initial fundraising goal of £ 1,000 was broken in about 24 hours and he has now raised over £ 29m for the NHS.
David Gold, director of public affairs and policy for Royal Mail, said: “What Captain Thomas Moore has accomplished is truly phenomenal, and this is reflected in the affection shown to him around the world.”
“As Royal Mail works to keep the country connected during these difficult times, we are honored to issue a special postmark to celebrate its centennial.”
Royal Mail said it had to adapt its sorting machines at the South Midlands Mail Center to redirect all posts to Captain Tom in a dedicated collection box.
A spokesperson said staff had already processed more than 100,000 cards using this new process and were expecting thousands more in the run-up to her birthday.
Volunteers have also been brought in to open and display the thousands of cards, which are displayed at the Bedford School attended by Captain Tom’s grandson.
On Friday it was revealed that Captain Tom would be the first centennial to top the charts, after his duet with Michael Ball went straight to number one.
Her “Never Never Walk Alone” cover sold 82,000 copies, with proceeds going to the NHS Charities Together fund.
Captain Tom also opened a new Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate on Tuesday.
He received a great ovation from NHS and military personnel during the virtual ceremony.