Capt Tom guest of honour at Harrogate hospital opening

A 99-year-old war veteran who raised £26m for the NHS is to be guest of honour at the opening of a Nightingale hospital in Harrogate.

Capt Tom Moore originally aimed to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. The veteran, who was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, will appear via video link at the opening on Tuesday. He said it was an honour and a chance to thank NHS workers directly. Capt Tom said: "I think the amount raised demonstrates just how much we all value the dedication and sacrifices made by our NHS workers. I have fought during a war and they are now fighting in a war too."

NHS Charities Together said it was "truly inspired and humbled" by his efforts. Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said: "Inviting Captain Moore to be our guest of honour at the opening of NHS Nightingale Yorkshire and Humber is the least we can do to thank him." Harrogate Convention Centre will be used for 500 beds - the first of the field hospitals to be built outside a city.


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