We couldn’t let this edition of Army&You pass without acknowledging inspirational war veteran Captain Tom Moore, who was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, Harrogate, on his 100th birthday in recognition of his incredible fundraising efforts. Col Tom raised more than £32 million for NHS charities after completing a sponsored walk of his garden and in doing so, captured the nation’s hearts. Clive Sanders, also a veteran, wrote this wonderful poem as a tribute…

 

Captain Moore

We watched him each morning

On breakfast TV,

Approaching one hundred

He started his plea.

He’d march with his frame

For one hundred long laps

And the nation responded with money and claps.

 

His target, one thousand

Was soon quickly met,

But he carried on marching

Like a good army vet.

The money he raised

Was soon over a mil

And the nation applauded

And encouraged him still.

 

This morning we watched

As he completed his quest,

The money for nurses

And the NHS best.

Captain Tom marches on

With his trusty old frame

Now entrenched in our hearts

And with national acclaim.

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