Bedfordshire’s Sir Tom

100-year-old Captain Tom Moore will be receiving his knighthood from the Queen tomorrow in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle.

This will be the Queen’s first face-to-face royal engagement since lockdown began in March. She has made the exception for Captain Tom, the NHS fundraising hero, who raised an amazing £32 million for the NHS.

He set himself a birthday challenge to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, and subsequently stole the hearts of the nation.

Captain Tom, who lives in Marston Moretaine with his family, will be making his way to Berkshire for the open-air socially-distanced ceremony tomorrow.

He said: “I could never have imagined this would happen to me.  It is such a huge honour and I am very much looking forward to meeting Her Majesty The Queen. It is going to be the most special of days.”