Sir Tom Moore's birthday made a Bank Holiday where the focus is to raise money for the NHS

Sir Tom Moore's birthday made a Bank Holiday where the focus is to raise money for the NHS

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Sir Tom Moore did more for this country during one of the worst years in recent history. Not only did he raise money for our underfunded and worthy NHS but he also lifted spirits, inspired hope and inspiration.

I believe that in honour of this fine man his birthday be turned into a day that mimicked his life. A Bank Holiday to help others and raise funds for the NHS. 

On 6 April 2020, at the age of 99, he began to walk round his garden in aid of NHS Charities Together, with the goal of raising £1,000 by his hundredth birthday. In the 24-day course of his fundraising he made many media appearances and became a popular household name in the United Kingdom, earning a number of accolades and attracting over 1.5 million individual donations. In recognition of his efforts, he received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award at the 2020 ceremony. He performed in a cover version of the song "You'll Never Walk Alone" sung by Michael Ball, with proceeds going to the same charity. The single topped the UK music charts, making him the oldest person to achieve a UK number one.

On the morning of his hundredth birthday the total raised by his walk passed £30 million, and by the time the campaign closed at the end of that day had increased to over £32.79 million (worth almost £39 million with expected tax rebates). His birthday was marked in a number of ways, including flypasts by the Royal Air Force and the British Army. He received over 150,000 cards, and was appointed as honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College. On 17 July 2020, he was personally invested as a Knight Bachelor by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

In January 2021 Moore was hospitalised after testing positive with COVID-19. He sadly died on 2 February at the age of 100.

Our NHS is such an important part of Britain and needs our support now more than ever before. 

Let us support Sir Tom Moore and celebrate in a way that means something special for him, and also for everyone else. 

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