Keighley bus honours fundraising hero Captain Tom

The Keighley Bus Company has dedicated a bus in honour of Captain Tom Moore who has so far raised millions for the NHS. His courage has captured the hearts of the whole nation – and now his name will be appearing all over his hometown in Yorkshire!

Captain Tom Moore has raised an astonishing £27 million for NHS Charities Together by walking over a hundred lengths of his back garden.


Captain Tom has raised £27 million for NHS Charities.

Captain Tom was born and raised in Keighley, West Yorkshire, and attended Keighley Grammar School before completing a civil engineering apprenticeship ahead of his military service in India and Burma in World War Two.

And now, the 99-year-old war veteran’s proud Yorkshire roots are to be celebrated in his hometown, where a bus will be decorated with the words: “A Big Thank You To Captain Tom – A Keighley Legend”.

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The bus will make its first appearance today (Tuesday 21 April 2020) at Harrogate’s new NHS Nightingale Hospital, created within the town’s Convention Centre in just two weeks to provide 500 additional critical care beds for patients across the region. Captain Tom will appear via a live video link from his home to be guest of honour at the opening ceremony.

The Keighley Bus Company’s CEO said:

Like everyone in the country we are truly amazed by Captain Tom’s remarkable fundraising efforts for NHS charities, and as he is a proud Yorkshireman raised in Keighley, we feel it’s entirely appropriate for us to express our thanks to him by naming our bus in his hometown. All of our team in Keighley share our pride in serving the town where this inspirational man was raised, and he absolutely deserves all our thanks for everything he’s done – and continues to do – for our National Health Service. >

Alex Hornby, CEO Keighley Bus Company’s
Credit: The Keighley Bus Company

More than one million people have donated to Captain Tom’s Just Giving page as he continues his fundraising efforts ahead of his 100th birthday on Thursday, 30 April 2020.