A postmaster has been forced to take over an empty school as more than 40,000 cards pour in to mark the 100th birthday of Captain Tom Moore as a team of aircraft restorers prepare a Spitfire for flypast on his big day.
The 99-year-old, who crowdfunded £28million for the NHS by walking lengths of his garden in Bedfordshire, was flooded with letters ahead of his centenary on April 30, which were sorted by the South Midlands Mail Centre in Northampton.
Bedford School, attended by Captain Tom’s grandson, Benjie, accepted the delivery after providing their Great Hall for socially-distancing staff to open each card.
Staff at the mail centre have now reprogrammed sorting machines to separate Captain Tom’s mail into a dedicated collection box, and are expecting to deal with hundreds of thousands of cards and letters in the next few days.
(Source: Bedford Independent 22/4)
Special postmark unveiled to mark Captain Tom’s 100th birthday landmark
Mail will be stamped with a special postmark to celebrate the upcoming 100th birthday of NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore.
The Royal Mail mark, which will be applied to all stamped post until May 1, reads: “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020.”
The Second World War veteran has raised almost £30million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden in Bedfordshire ahead of his milestone birthday. His first target of £1,000 was broken in just 24 hours and he extended his challenge to 200 laps after he completed the first 100 circuits 14 days ahead of schedule.
The gesture comes after Royal Mail had to adapt its sorting machines in the South Midlands Mail Centre to re-route all post to Captain Tom into a dedicated collection box.