The heroic achievements of 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore are being celebrated by London’s world famous Piccadilly Lights.
Captain Moore captured the nation’s heart after raising more than £26 million for NHS charities.
Captain Tom on Piccadilly Lights
From 10am last Saturday, April 18, an hourly salute to the army veteran has been appearing on the world famous screen. The iconic ad landmark is owned by Landsec and operated by Ocean Outdoor.
The tribute applauds Captain Moore who walked 100 laps with the aid of a walking frame before his 100th birthday to raise funds for NHS staff on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.
Captain Moore originally set out to raise £1,000. He now aims to complete a second 100 laps.
The Piccadilly Lights spotlight was created and designed in-house by Ocean Outdoor and appears with the agreement of Captain Moore.
Catch the Captain this week
Saturday’s 30-minute domination is being followed by a shorter 40-second sequence at 50 to the hour every day this week.
Further messages will appear on Piccadilly Lights to mark the army veteran’s 100th birthday on April 30 and VE Day on May 8.
“Captain Moore is a national treasure who has lifted us all with his positivity, wisdom and message of hope”, Ocean Outdoor UK joint managing director Phil Hall said.
“He’s an inspirational example to us all.”
The screen space has been donated by Landsec, whose commercial media manager, Derek Manns, said: “What a journey. Captain Moore is a beacon of joy. We are delighted to be able to share his achievement in support of NHS Charities on the Piccadilly Lights.”
Captain Moore joined the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment at the start of the Second World War.
He now lives with his family in Bedfordshire and encourages everyone to trust in his motto that “Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day”.