Piers Morgan has launched a campaign to get Captain Tom Moore a knighthood as the World War II veteran looks set to raise £5million in aid of NHS staff fighting coronavirus.
The 99-year-old has raised more than £4million to date for a sponsored walk around his garden, when he initially hoped to raise £1,000 to do 100 lengths ahead of his 100th birthday on 30 April.
After Piers donated £10,000 to the cause in a bid to get it over £500,000, the Good Morning Britain presenter is now leading the charge in getting Captain Moore the recognition he deserves.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Piers declared: ‘It suddenly came to me – would it be nice to see Captain Tom Moore, who served his country in World War II, and has now raised over £4million for the NHS in a week, wouldn’t it be great to see him knighted for his services to the country?
‘Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t feel temptation to give it to business people who pay money for the honour, we didn’t give it to celebrities for singing nice songs, but we give it to someone like him? That we make him Sir Tom?’
‘I think that would be great,’ he added. ‘Let’s give him something back.’
Captain Tom’s campaign has been picked up across the country and he is now on target to complete his walk by this week, despite having recently had a hip operation.
He trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the army for the Second World War, rising to captain.
Speaking about his efforts, he told the BBC: ‘I never imagined anything like this, but I’m so pleased, and I hope it just goes on because the services I got from all these doctors and nurses was absolutely outstanding.
‘And they’re such nice people too.’
All money raised will go towards NHS Charities Together, in order to help those in the NHS combatting the coronavirus.
You can still donate by visiting his JustGiving page.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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