NHS hero Captain Tom receives prestigious award with help from Bedfordshire Rotary club

Paul Harris Fellowship Award championed by Flitwick branch

By Clare Turner
Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 12:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 12:18 pm

War veteran Captain Tom has received a prestigious award from the Rotary Club with the help of the Flitwick branch.

Rotary International, which is one of the world’s largest humanitarian service organisations, has recognised the 100-year-old with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

This is Rotary’s most prestigious honour, named after the organisation’s founder, and recognises those who have made substantial contributions to society, humanitarian efforts and charitable works.

Captain Tom receives his award

The award - which has been championed by Flitwick Vale Rotary Club - was given during a virtual ceremony held over Zoom. The club have also inducted him as an honorary member.

On receiving the award, a family spokesperson said: “We’ve loved seeing the success and achievement of other fundraisers, young and old, who have been inspired by Captain Sir Tom’s walk.

“The support and togetherness that communities are showing across the country, including by Rotary clubs and volunteers, in such challenging circumstances is really heart-warming.”

Captain Tom Moore, of Marston Moretaine, raised £32million for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

David Straughan, president of Flitwick Vale Rotary Club, said: “Rotary’s values are all about going above and beyond to support those who need it most. Our motto is ‘Service Above Self’ and no-one has personified that quite like Captain Sir Tom. As his local club we were extremely keen to recognise his achievements.”