British veteran Captain Tom honoured by F1, WWE, cricket as fundraiser hits £30m


Captain Tom Moore, a World War Two veteran, has been honoured by sports stars across England as his fundraiser reached £30 million on the day of his 100th birthday.

Moore completed a record-breaking charity walk of 100 laps of his garden with the help of a walking frame. He had originally set a target of £1,000.

WWE announced that it would present Moore with his own custom belt to honour his achievement.

A big motor racing and cricket fan, Moore also received birthday wishes and plaudits from the sports’ top competitors.

A life-long McLaren fan, Lando Norris invited the veteran to the team’s Woking factory once the lockdown was eased.

McLaren boss Zak Brown hailed him as “the world’s hero.”

“On behalf of everyone at McLaren, you’re a star. Keep up the great work and look forward to your next birthday,” he added.

Britain’s six times world champion Lewis Hamilton, who drives for Mercedes, had already said he was “blown away” by Moore’s achievement when the tally was less than half the current amount.

Moore was also made an honourary member of the England cricket team by former Test captain Michael Vaughan. Moore’s grandson presented him with his first Test cap on the morning of his 100th birthday.

“Captain Tom Moore, I just want to wish you a very happy birthday. The amount of money is just staggering. It’s phenomenal and you are a credit to this nation,” England Test captain Joe Root said.

“I hope I am moving just as well as you at 50 never mind 100. Keep up all the great work mate and you should be seriously proud of what you have done. Brilliant,” Ben Stokes added.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.


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