At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in early April, this ninety-nine-year-old Second World War Veteran Captain Tom Moore came up with a big idea: he'd walk laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS. Despite using a walking frame as well as having undergone recent treatment for cancer and a broken hip, he was determined to hit £1000 by his 100th birthday on 30th April.
By the time his 100th birthday telegram from the Queen arrived, he'd raised over thirty million pounds. His efforts were celebrated around the world. The Duke of Cambridge, hailed him as a "one-man fundraising machine," whilst Prince Harry described him as "utterly amazing".
Continuing his journey, Captain Tom is releasing two books this autumn; an autobiography and a children's picture book, both of which support the launch of his newly formed charity, 'The Captain Tom Foundation'.
'Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day', published September 17th 2020 by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Random House will look back at the life and times of a man who has captured the hearts of a nation.
Captain Tom's children's picture book is about adventure, helping people and never giving up. His inspirational book will look back fondly on the incredible achievement that gave Britain and the world a feel-good story at a time it needed it most. It will be published October 1st 2020 by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's.
An image of Captain Sir Tom in lights was featured in London's spectacular New Years' Eve light display, we think this tweet from the Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) says it all: "A true national hero. When we all needed a lift during the first lockdown @CaptainTomMoore was there to show us that anything is possible. Thank you, Captain Sir Tom. #LondonTogether"
Captain Sir Tom was featured as one of The Week's People of the Year!
Captain Sir Tom was in The Sunday Telegraph as part of their featured article: "40 famous faces on their optimism for 2021"
Captain Sir Tom featured in The Observer & The Guardian as one of their Faces of the Year paying tribute to people who helped us get through 2020!
Otterbeck Distillery has partnered with Captain Sir Tom Moore to launch a new gin that will support The Captain Tom Foundation. Nicola Lampkin, co-founder of Otterbeck Distillery, said: “It is an amazing privilege to be working with Captain Sir Tom and his foundation which supports some incredible charities; we’re delighted to be able to do our bit to help support such worthwhile causes."
Captain Sir Tom Moore was the winner of the GQ's Men of the Year "Inspiration Award", he also featured as their oldest ever cover star! GQ said: "The thing that shines through more than anything in 100-year-old Second World War veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore is his sunny disposition, which was needed this year more than ever. After raising £32m for the NHS by walking laps in his garden, he has become a vital figure and a beacon of hope during the pandemic."
Congratulation to Captain Sir Tom Moore who now has two best selling books. His autobiography 'Tommorow will be a good Day' and his latest release and childrens book 'One hundred Steps' which entered the Amazon chart at number 5 in the overall Top 100.
After publishing on the 17th September Captain Tom is now an Amazon Best Selling Author with both his autobiography 'Tomorrow will be a Good Day' and his kids book 'One Hundred Steps'. Both books hit top ten on publication day on the Amazon Top 100 chart.
Captain Sir Tom Moore appeared on ITV’s Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. He chatted with Piers about his life in the military, his new found fame and raising millions for the NHS amid the pandemic.
Captain Tom is now officially the oldest author to have a Number 1 book within the UK with already over 20,000 copies sold. What an achievement!
A young Captain Sir Tom Moore featured on the cover of a special VJ Day Commemorative issue of the Radio Times which included an interview with him about his memories of the war - he was quoted on the cover as saying: "I wasn't very scared" - spoken like a true hero!
Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised more than £32 million for the NHS in April, has shared his memories of wartime in a special ITV documentary - Captain Tom's War. The ITV special 'The Life and Times of Captain Sir Tom' produced by North One reached an audience of 3 million.
Captain Sir Tom Moore received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Friday 17th July. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who made the nomination for the knighthood, wrote on Twitter: "Arise Sir Tom! So richly deserved - you have inspired the whole nation with your fantastic fundraising efforts."
Captain Sir Tom Moore entered into our lives in an unprecedented and uncertain time of which we have never seen before. Over 30 million pounds later, Captain Tom is a household name and a national treasure.
Alongside Penguin Random House, Captain Tom is publishing a biography (September 2020) and children's book (October 2020) to add to his incredible fundraising achievements for the NHS.