British World War Two veteran Captain Tom Moore, who has become a national hero and a celebrity after raising almost 30 million pounds for the health service, celebrated his 100th birthday, Thursday.

To mark this milestone, he was given an honorary promotion and two military flypasts, according to Reuters.

Moore was initially set out to raise just 1,000 pounds but was able to garnered 29.4 million pounds ($36.5 million) for charities that help front-line National Health Service staff by completing laps of his garden with the help of a walking frame.

Moore has been appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, a position that came with the approval of Queen Elizabeth.

On his birthday, two flypasts by Royal Air Force planes above “Colonel” Moore’s home in Bedfordshire, central England – one featuring historic World War Two aircraft and a second by modern helicopters.

With the figure that he was able to raise he now holds the Guinness World Record title for the most money raised by an individual through a walk and he has also since also become the oldest person to notch up a number one single in Britain’s main music chart, featuring on a cover version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.


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