Bedford School helps Captain Tom Moore open thousands of cards ahead of his 100th birthday

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Thousands of cards have already turned up for Captain Tom Moore ahead of his 100th birthday next week, of which Bedford School has stepped in to help open and store.

The 99-year-old World War II veteran has raised over £28 million for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden.

The money will be used to meet the immediate and urgent needs of patients, staff and volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic. Some of it will also go towards hospices, community healthcare and social care.

The school is expecting around 250,000 cards for his birthday.

Benjie Ingram-Moore, Tom's grandson is also helping to open and store the cards.

I think by the end we'll be up to about a quarter of a million, so about 250,000 odd which is just crazy. We're expecting about 18,000 a day, so it's going to be amazing. I've lived with him forever, he is basically my second dad.

Benjie Ingram-Moore

Tom is still walking in his garden and raising millions for NHS Charities Together. He's grateful for the 'kind' gestures and says "it really is one of the nicest things that's happened" to him.

Bedford School helping Captain Tom open thousands of cards ahead of his birthday Credit: ITV News Anglia