Captain Tom made member of England cricket team in emotional 100th birthday gift

Inspirational NHS hero Captain Tom Moore has been made an honorary member of the England cricket team as a special gift for his 100th birthday.

The World War Two veteran, who has raised almost £30million for NHS heroes fighting coronavirus on the frontline, by doing laps of his garden.

Captain Tom, who has been given a special promotion to Colonel from the Queen, originally hoped to raise £1,000.

But his heroic efforts have captured the heart of the nation and his total now stands at almost £30million with money still pouring in.

Captain Tom had initially wanted to walk 100 laps of his garden in Bedforshire but while the money is still rolling in, he has vowed to keep walking.

He has been praised by celebrities, politicians and the royal family for his immense achievement.

The RAF organised a special flyover to honour his milestone birthday with a Hurricane and Spitfire gave him an aerial salute.

The heroic fundraiser was able to hear the pilots wish him a happy birthday by listening in to their communication systems.

"I am one of the few people here who have seen a Hurricane and Spitfire fly past in anger but thankfully today they are flying over peacefully," confessed Tom.

He added: "It’s fantastic. Thank you very much."

And, as Captain Tom is a huge cricket fan the England team had one very special gift for him on his special day.

As well happy birthday messages flooding in from cricket stars past and present, former England captain Michael Vaughan was determined to give him a very emotional gift.

Wishing Captain Tom a happy birthday on BBC Breakfast, he said: "Happy birthday Captain Tom. In 2005 I donated my blazer, England jumper, cap and tie to a charity. My friend, Howard Walker, bid for the entire collection of items.

"He said we should be doing something for the NHS, why don’t we give something to Captain Tom and make him an official member of the England cricket team.

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