A sorting office has been created for people to send cards to Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday celebrations at the end of the month.
The World War Two veteran has raised over £28 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by setting himself a challenge to walk 100 laps of his garden before his birthday on 30 April.
He completed the incredible feat with the country’s media on his doorstep as well as a mass of adoring fans, all wanting to celebrate with Captain Moore by sending him a birthday card.
He has already received more than 90,000 cards and a sorting office has had to be set up in the Great Hall at Bedford School, where Mr Moore’s grandson studies.
Posting on their Facebook page, the school wrote: “Our Great Hall has seen many gatherings over the years, but yesterday it made a little piece of school history when it transformed into Captain Tom’s Sorting Office where a team of socially-distancing staff began the mammoth task of opening the tens of thousands of 100th birthday cards sent to Captain Tom.
“Today another mountain of cards has arrived to further adorn our hall in the lead up to the Captain’s birthday on 30 April.”
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, his 16-year-old grandson Benjie Ingram-Moore said: “I think a lot of the cards are so heartfelt and it really shows the effort people have put in. I think he will really appreciate that.
“I’m going to try to take as many pictures of them as I can and show them to him as he will happily sit through and read them all.
“It just shows that people really do care about these sort of things. Especially in a tough time. I think people really have joined together to make the effort for this.”
Hugh Maltby, director of the Bedford School Association, who knows the family, said he contacted them to see what help was needed and was asked to deal with the cards.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: “Little did I know what I was letting myself in for. We have got to work quite quickly as we have so many to get through.”
If you want to donate to Captain Tom’s efforts, visit his JustGiving page.