The Scotsman

Captain Tom Moore ‘deeply honoured’ after being granted freedom of London


Captain Tom Moore is to be honoured with the Freedom of the City of London in a ceremony that will take place virtually for the first time.

The 100-year-old Second World War veteran, who raised nearly £33 million for the NHS, is set to be honoured in an ancient tradition that is believed to date back to 1237.

He said: “I am deeply honoured to be granted the Freedom of the City of London.

“I remain humbled by the love and gratitude that I have received from the British public, and this honour is something that I will truly value for the rest of my life.”

He captured the hearts of a nation by setting off on 6 April to complete 100 laps of his garden to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, which supports staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients. A groundswel­l of internatio­nal support had seen his Justgiving fundraisin­g page close at £32,796,405 on his 100th birthday on 30 April.

He is now set to receive his honour in recognitio­n of his outstandin­g charitable work at a ceremony that is to be livestream­ed on the City of London Corporatio­n’s Youtube channel tomorrow.

The veteran, who served in the Yorkshire Regiment and fought in Burma, is in lockdown in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshi­re. The honour will be bestowed after a nomination by William Russell, the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

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