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James Nesbitt tips his cap to Captain Tom Moore in a special birthday message

The actor lends his distinctive tones to a poignant poem thanking the veteran for his multi-million pound fundraising efforts for the NHS.

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Captain Tom Moore is currently at number one (Emma Sohl/Capture The Light Photography)

Captain Tom Moore is currently at number one (Emma Sohl/Capture The Light Photography)

Captain Tom Moore is currently at number one (Emma Sohl/Capture The Light Photography)

James Nesbitt has tipped his cap to Captain Tom Moore in a special birthday message.

The Cold Feet star lent his distinctive tones to a poem paying tribute to the veteran for his incredible fundraising efforts for the NHS.

The 48-second video is hoped to help Captain Tom hit £30 million for NHS Charities as health workers continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

The Northern Ireland born actor’s reading pays tribute to how the 99-year-old captured the hearts of the nation by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30.

“When our NHS needed us most, one man walked forward with a tale to tell that captured our hearts and we became engrossed,” Nesbitt reads on the video message.

“He has brought a people together with drive and determination in our hour of need and most challenging time of separation.

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Actor James Nesbitt (Ian West/PA)

Actor James Nesbitt (Ian West/PA)

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Actor James Nesbitt (Ian West/PA)

“A war veteran from one front line encouraging each and every one of us to support those fighting this time.

“As he approaches his 100th year and so much in the world gone wrong, we tip our cap to you Captain Tom, a man who has made us all belong.”

The video was created by Mammoth and has been endorsed by NHS Charities Together to boost the fundraising efforts.

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Captain Tom Moore after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden (Joe Giddens/PA)

Captain Tom Moore after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Captain Tom Moore after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden (Joe Giddens/PA)

By Wednesday afternoon, Captain Tom had raised over £29.4m on his Just Giving page.

Donations can be made via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalkforthenhs

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