CAPTAIN (now Colonel Sir Thomas Moore) Tom’s 100th birthday was celebrated with a specially decorated postbox. The box honours him and great achievement raising money for the NHS. The postbox is painted ‘NHS blue’ with a golden balloon plate and birthday greetings.

Pillar Box in NHS blue for Captain Tom
Pillar box in NHS blue for Captain Tom

The postbox is located on Bedford Road, MK43 0LA in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, close to where Captain Tom lives. 

David Gold, Director of Public Affairs and Policy at Royal Mail said: “We wish Captain Thomas Moore a very happy 100th birthday. His achievements are truly phenomenal, and this is reflected in the affection shown for him across the world.”

Royal Mail also issued a special postmark to celebrate the birthday occasion. It was applied on all stamped mail from 26 April to 1 May.

The postmark reads: “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020.”

Royal Mail said it had to adapt its sorting machines to re-route the huge volumes of birthday cards sent to Captain Tom.

To raise money for NHS workers, Captain Tom set himself the challenge of walking 100 laps of his garden before he turned 100 years old. He completed the feat on 16 April, 14 days ahead of his birthday. As of 28 April, Captain Tom had raised over £29 million for NHS Charities Together. His initial fundraising goal of £1000 was broken in around 24 hours.

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