Petition for war veteran Capt Tom Moore to be knighted passes 300,000

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Rebecca Haworth

A petition calling for a war veteran from Bedfordshire to be knighted has passed 300,000 signatures - hours after completing his garden walk.

Captain Tom Moore walked 100 laps of his garden and has raised more than £17m and counting for the NHS.

He originally wanted to raise £1,000 but he well and truly smashed his target after more than 750,000 people made donations to his fundraising page.

Media interest in Captain Moore was at fever pitch today as he completed the final lap of his garden in Marston Moretaine live on television.

He was given a guard of honour made up of soldiers from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, the county of his birth, as he crossed the finish line.

Capt Tom has pledged to carry on walking as long as people keep donating.

"Well I'm in awe of all the people who are giving money and thinking about what we're doing", he said.

"I think it's beyond my thought to think about what's happening, it's so unusual something like this has so quickly happened, and is continuing for a cause which is, well the cause is perfect."

More than 50 countries have donated and his fundraising page constantly crashes as it struggles with the volume of donations, all for NHS Charities.

On Thursday morning, the war veteran completed his challenge of walking 100 lengths Credit: ITV Anglia

More than 150 people have started separate petitions for the captain.

As well as the petition, the hashtag #KnighthoodforCaptainTom has been trending on Twitter and Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, has called for viewers to back the campaign for Sir Tom Moore too.

He has received multiple messages of thanks from NHS workers, politicians, celebrities and sports personalities - including F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton - who called Cpt Moore "a legend".