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Captain Tom walked 100 laps of his garden for the NHS (Joe Giddens/PA)

Captain Tom walked 100 laps of his garden for the NHS (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Captain Tom walked 100 laps of his garden for the NHS (Joe Giddens/PA)

All mail sent over the next five days will be stamped with a special postmark to celebrate the 100th birthday of NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore.

The Royal Mail postmark, which will be applied to all stamped post until May 1, reads: "Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020."

The Second World War veteran has raised more than £28m for the NHS by walking laps of his garden in Bedfordshire ahead of his milestone birthday.

His original target of £1,000 was broken in around 24 hours and he extended his challenge to 200 laps after he completed the first 100 14 days ahead of schedule.

The postal recognition comes after Royal Mail had to adapt its sorting machines in the South Midlands Mail Centre to re-route all post to Captain Tom into a dedicated collection box.

David Gold, director of public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said: "What Captain Thomas Moore has achieved is truly phenomenal, and this is reflected in the affection shown for him across the world.

"As Royal Mail works to keep the country connected during these challenging times, we are honoured to issue a special postmark in celebration of his 100th birthday. We continue to deliver the many tens of thousands of birthday cards from well-wishers across the UK and abroad as people look to show their gratitude for all he has achieved on a more personal level. We would like to extend our own best wishes and congratulations to him from everyone at Royal Mail."

Belfast Telegraph