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NHS fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore to receive knighthood from the Queen on Friday

© Xinhua/Shutterstock Captain Tom Moore
Captain Tom Moore

Captain Sir Tom Moore will receive his knighthood from the Queen in a private Windsor Castle ceremony on Friday.

The Second World War veteran, 100, raised over £33 million for NHS charities throughout the coronavirus crisis by walking laps of his garden.

Sir Tom’s family will be with him as the Queen knights the fundraiser with the sword that belonged to her father George VI, Buckingham Palace said.

Investiture ceremonies planned for Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse this summer have been postponed because of the pandemic.

But the investiture for Sir Tom will take place entirely within Windsor Castle and with no access of viewing for for the public.

Sir Tom set out to raise £1,000 for charity before he turned 100 earlier this year.

However, his efforts inspired the nation and soon he was well beyond his initial target total.

He even made it to the top of the charts with a cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone, alongside Michael Ball.

Sir Tom said his investiture will be “the most special of days”.

In a message on his official Twitter account, the fundraiser said: “I could never have imagined this would happen to me.

“It is such a huge honour and I am very much looking forward to meeting Her Majesty The Queen.

“It is going to be the most special of days for me.”

The message was followed with the hashtag #FridayWillBeAGoodDay.