Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised over £32 million for the NHS walking 100 laps around his garden, has become GQ magazine’s oldest cover star, at 100 years old.
Captain Moore was revealed by British GQ as the recipient of the 2020 Inspiration Of The Year award.
Oldest ever GQ cover star
When he was told that he would be GQ’s oldest ever cover star, Captain Moore said, “Well, that’s something special, isn’t it? And maybe next year, I’ll be the oldest again!”
Talking to GQ interviewer, Stuart McGurk, Captain Moore revealed that, while his fundraising mission could have been simply to say thank you to the NHS during the pandemic, it actually stemmed from something more personal.
He explained that, in 2019, he fell whilst unloading the dishwasher. For the first two weeks in hospital afterwards, in intensive care, no one thought he would make it.
While Captain Moore doesn’t remember much about this time, he does remember how he was treated by the NHS staff when his hip was replaced and he was moved to a rehabilitation unit. He says that he received so much kindness and care in those five weeks, and that the staff not only treated him well, but also showed him that his independence wasn’t gone.
The Captain explained, “When I started walking, I never envisioned that sort of money would appear.”
What does the cover look like?
Captain Moore had his pictures taken for the shoot by Gavin Bond, and is seen wearing a classic black tuxedo.
He is draped in a Union Jack flag, and sports his medals on his jacket pocket.
(Photo: GQ/Gavin Bond)
(Photo: GQ/Gavin Bond)
GQ editor Dylan Jones said, “If this year shows us anything, it’s that hope can come from the places you wouldn’t expect.
“Captain Sir Tom Moore is the absolute embodiment of our Inspiration award for 2020.”
The GQ Men of the Year Awards 2020, in association with Hugo Boss, will be available to view via British GQ’s YouTube channel on Thursday 26 November at 8pm.
The GQ Men of the Year award is an annual event, and highlights the best and brightest across fashion, culture and politics.
When can I buy the magazine?
Captain Moore is the cover star of the January/February 2021 issue of the magazine.
It will be available to purchase on newsstands from 4 December.