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100-year-old U.K. veteran, who raised £33M for hospitals, to be knighted

Col. Tom Moore, who became a national hero in Britain after raising 33 million pounds ($56.4 million Cdn) for the National Health Service in the run-up to his 100th birthday, is to be knighted.

Col. Tom Moore painstakingly completed 100 laps around his garden

Col. Tom Moore, who raised more than 33 million pounds for the U.K.'s National Health Service by walking 100 laps in his yard before his 100th birthday, is to be given the high honour. 1:31

Col. Tom Moore, who became a national hero in Britain after raising 33 million pounds ($56.4 million Cdn) for the National Health Service in the run-up to his 100th birthday, is to be knighted.

Moore becomes "Sir Tom" after a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The Second World War veteran raised the world record sum by painstakingly completing 100 laps of his garden with the aid of a walking frame.

"Col. Tom's fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the whole country and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus," Johnson said on Tuesday.

"On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge 'thank you.' He's a true national treasure."

The honour is the latest bestowed on Moore. For his 100th birthday last month, Queen Elizabeth agreed that he should be made an honorary colonel and he was also made an honorary member of the England cricket team.

He holds the Guinness World Record for the most money raised by an individual through a walk.

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