World War Two Veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, has raised more than £16m for the NHS, Downing Street have confirmed Boris Johnson is looking how honour him.
Johnson is looking into how to honour Captain Moore’s “heroic efforts” after he initially wanted to raise £1,000 by walking 100 lengths of his garden.
Captain Moore wanted to give something back to the NHS after they treated him for a broken hip, he is to turn 100-years old on 30 April.
There have been multiple calls from across the world for Captain Moore to be recognised for his efforts and to receive a knighthood from the Queen.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said at a Westminster briefing, “From his military contributions to his support for NHS staff, Tom has demonstrated a lifetime of bravery and compassion.
“The Prime Minister will certainly be looking at ways to recognise Tom’s heroic efforts.”
Downing Street said he had “captured the heart of the nation” and “embodied the spirit of the whole country in doing their bit for the battle against coronavirus.”
Matt Hancock the Health Secretary praised him and said he is an “inspiration” at a press briefing on Thursday.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed his “extraordinary act of solidarity.”
Tedros said, “This is such an inspiring story and extraordinary act of solidarity!
“Thank you so much Capt Tom Moore for such a wonderful idea and lesson of humanity! Together, against #COVID19!”
Speaking to ITV Captain Moore said, the public’s generosity was “unbelievable.”
He added, “Our country and all our nations, we’re all so generous in all sorts of ways.
“But it’s for a super purpose.
“Nurses, doctors and all the back-up workers, they deserve everything we can give them.”
Donations are continuing to pour in and can be given at the just giving website.
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