The display at Central England Co-op in Marston Moretaine wishing Captain Tom a happy 100th birthday.

Special display created with help from village schoolchildren

Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday has been marked by his local Central England Co-op with a special display created with help from village schoolchildren.

Central England Co-op’s Marston Moretaine food store has been decorated with special bunting and messages created by schoolchildren from Marston Moreteyne VC School to wish the village’s most famous resident a happy birthday and thank him for raising millions for the NHS.

To show its support and appreciation for Captain Tom and of course the great cause he has been fundraising for, Central England Co-op has made a donation of £10,000 to his 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS campaign.

The Society has also designed special colouring sheets with over 500 circulated by the Marston Moretaine food store. They have also been available to download so children at home can give their birthday wishes to Tom by colouring them in and displaying them at home or at the store.

Luke Ficken, Central England Co-op Marston Moretaine store manager, said:

“We are so proud to be part of a great community in Marston Moretaine and we have all been absolutely blown away by what Captain Tom Moore has done and the wonderful positivity it has brought to people during these uncertain times.

“Captain Tom’s family are regular customers to the shop, so we have been able to convey to them directly our pride and appreciation for everything he has done but we were keen as a community retailer to join together with the village and local schoolchildren to put on a display to wish Tom a happy 100th birthday and thank him for his incredible efforts.

“I would like to thank the children from Marston Moretyne VC School for helping us with some great bunting and artwork. I am also delighted that we as a Society have been able to support Tom’s fundraising campaign which has helped raise so many millions for our wonderful NHS.”

Anyone who wishes to donate to Captain Tom Moore’s 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS fundraiser for NHS Charities Together can still do so at Tom’s Walk for the NHS.

People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community and download the special Captain Tom colouring sheets by visiting a dedicated online hub.

Some of the specially created colouring sheets filled in by children in the village and displayed in store.