A PETITION has gone viral for inspirational fundraiser Captain Tom Moore to be knighted!
Sefton and West Lancs residents are being urged to sign the Change.org petition which was created just hours after the 99-year-old war veteran finished 100 laps of his garden to raise more than £25m for the NHS.
The Second World War veteran will celebrate his 100th birthday on Thursday, April 30.
A Spitfire flypast is being planned to celebrate the former tank commander’s big day, while children across the UK are making virtual birthday cards by way of thanks using the hashtag #makeacardfortom
NHS midwife Sonia Wilson started her petition to create enough support for Capt Moore to be recognised in the next honours list, set to be published on the Queen’s official birthday in June.
She said: “It’s given me and my colleagues a huge morale boost to watch Captain Moore - not only that, to see the outpouring of support from the public to support his fundraiser has been incredible.
“Thank you to Captain Moore and thank you to everyone who has supported him. Now this amazing motivational hero deserves to be awarded a knighthood.”
Kajal Odedra, UK Executive Director at Change.org, adds that the idea is proving popular with over 150 people having started petitions for Capt Moore to be knighted: “Captain Moore has shown us all the power that individual action can have in a crisis and brought a smile to all of our faces during a difficult time. Now hundreds of thousands of people are taking small actions themselves, to say thank you to Capt Moore by signing this petition. I hope it will bring a smile to his face to know he has had such an impact on the country.”
Sonia’s petition can be signed at https://www.change.org/SirTomMoore