Spitfire flypast planned for veteran fundraiser\'s 100th birthday

Spitfire flypast planned for veteran fundraiser's 100th birthday

A Spitfire flypast is reportedly being planned to mark the 100th birthday of Captain Tom Moore, who has raised more than £21 million for NHS Charities Together

The Second World War veteran initially aimed to raise £1,000 and walk 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden before turning 100 on April 30.

But more than a million donors have helped the fundraiser approach £21.5 million as of the early hours of Saturday.

He completed his 100th lap on Thursday but as donations continue to pour in, he has vowed to keep going.

And the Daily Telegraph reported that a team of aircraft restorers are looking to run a Second World War-era flypast at the end of the month.

Alex Monk, 21, of the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar in south-east London, said the flypast would salute Captain Moore's fundraising efforts.

He told the paper: "It will be a bit of a morale-booster for us all, really, to see a Spitfire in the sky. It's been the symbol of freedom in the past and quite an icon for Tom.

"Tom, more than anyone, knows what a Spitfire means, and to hear and see a Spitfire in the air for himself will be a nice experience for him."

Captain Moore's challenge has captured the hearts of the nation, and he has been personally thanked by the Duke of Cambridge.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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