More than 125,000 cards have been sent to record NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore ahead of his 100th birthday on April 30.
War veteran Moore aimed to walk 100 lengths of his 25-metre garden to mark his milestone birthday, and raise £1,000 for the NHS. As of April 29, he had raised over £29 million.
The hall at Bedford School, attended by Moore’s grandson Benjie Ingram-Moore, has been repurposed as a sorting office and display hub as the cards have flooded in. Timelapse video from the school shows the cards filling the space as staff, pupils past and present, and parents lay them out.
Ingram-Moore, 16, has managed the social media operation for his grandfather’s fundraiser. He described how much the response meant to him and his family.
“The volume of cards that have been sent to grandad is just astonishing. So many of the cards are truly heartfelt with thousands from young children who have taken the time to use their artistic talent and write a personal message … We are hugely proud of how the nation has taken grandad to its heart.
“Words can’t express how much I idolise him,” Ingram-Moore said.
Moore was given a Pride of Britain Award on April 23 for his fundraising efforts. Credit: Bedford School via Storyful