Arise, Sir Tom

If you hadn’t noticed, a 100-year-old Brit was knighted for raising A$59m during COVID-19. It’s a great story.

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Sir Tom - a knight for the modern ages

They say the worst of times can bring out the best in us.

That’s certainly the case with Captain Tom Moore who is now Sir Tom Moore after the Queen came out of lockdown to knight the World War Two veteran at an open-air investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Sir Tom was being recognised for his fund-raising efforts for England’s National Health Service (NHS).

After walking a hundred laps of his garden using a walking frame, the 100-year-old managed to raise A$59 million for the service, to help treat the growing number of coronavirus patients.

For the special occasion Queen Elizabeth II even used the sword which belonged to her father George VI to knight Sir Tom.

He took to Twitter after the ceremony to say, “I have been overwhelmed by the many honours I have received over the past weeks, but there is simply nothing that can compare to this.”

Before being knighted, Sir Tom was honoured with a Royal Air Force fly past and was made an honorary Colonel for his 100th birthday.

On top of that he’s been made an honorary member of the English Cricket Team and topped the charts with his version of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ which he sang with the assistance of the NHS Voices of Care Choir.

Sir Tom served in India and Burma during the war and was made Captain.

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