Birthday message to Captain Tom Image supplied by Bedfordshire Police

Birthday cards were sent jointly from Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum agencies

Bedfordshire’s frontline agencies have joined together to congratulate veteran fundraiser Captain Tom Moore on celebrating his 100th birthday.

The Marston Moretaine resident has raised almost £30 million through his sponsored walk for NHS charities.

His newfound celebrity status has rocketed the former Army captain into public consciousness. Tens of thousands of people have sent him birthday cards to congratulate him on becoming centenarian.

Today (30 April 2020), Bedfordshire Police provided a small policing presence during the day in order to ensure the security of both Captain Tom and his home, and the safety of the wider public on a day of great celebration for all.

Officers were proud to support him and celebrate his birthday from a distance, while ensuring that members of the community where he lives were also adhering to the government measures – and thankfully the celebrations passed off safely and peacefully.

Members of the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum (BLRF) came together to support the Captain, who on his birthday was also bestowed the title of honorary Colonel. Birthday cards were sent jointly from BLRF agencies, including local authorities, as well as from the county’s blue light services.

Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway wrote in the card:

“Captain Tom, you have been a huge inspiration to my whole family who have been supporting your fund from the beginning and talking to one another about your amazing achievement, even though we are all separated; you have brought us, the county of Bedfordshire and the country together.

“Your own character and humour have shone through and I cannot thank you enough.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller also added:

“Congratulations – have a very happy birthday from everyone at the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue service. Thank you for your inspiration!”

The cards can be viewed on Bedfordshire Police’s social media channels or via the hashtag #CaptainTom100.