Colonel Tom Moore awarded gold Blue Peter badge after raising £30million for the NHS – The Sun

COLONEL Tom Moore has been awarded a gold Blue Peter badge for his NHS fundraising efforts.

Other recipients of the top honour include the Queen, Mary Berry and Sir David Attenborough.

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Col Tom raised £30million with 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Beds, to mark his 100th birthday.

He was promoted from captain.

Show presenter Lindsey Russell got his grandkids Benji and Georgia to ­surprise him.

She told him: “We think it is brilliant what you have achieved.”

Col Tom replied: “That’s absolutely amazing, thank you very much.

"I am very proud to receive it because I have always been a great follower of Blue Peter – I remember the elephant, which is quite a few years ago now!

“Thank you very much indeed. I really am delighted to have this.”

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Col Tom also shared his memories of the end of the Second World War ahead of VE Day on Friday, saying: “Everybody was going round arm in arm.

"London was absolutely packed with people dancing about, absolutely thrilled with the fact that at last we had got through the war in Europe and it was a great day.”

The special episode of Blue Peter airs on CBBC at 5.30pm Thursday.


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