British World War Two veteran Captain Tom Moore, who has raised millions for the country's National Health Service (NHS), was made an honorary member of the England cricket team as he celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday.
Capt Moore rose to fame after walking 100 laps around his garden this month to raise money for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) to aid its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
He has raised over £30 million (Dh137m) and won the hearts of a nation hit hard by the outbreak.
"Captain Tom, the nation's heartbeat... On his birthday, we make him an official member of the England cricket team," former captain Michael Vaughan said on a video call with the veteran.
Moore attended the 'ceremony' in his blazer bedecked with medals as his grandson Benjie Ingram-Moore handed him an England Test cap.
"You've done so much for the country, you've raised so much money for the NHS," Vaughan added. "Now I can officially call you an honorary member of the England cricket team."
To celebrate his birthday, Capt Moore was appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, based near the town where he grew up, a position that came with the approval of Queen Elizabeth, the defence ministry said.
He was also given military flypasts and a message from the prime minister, Boris Johnson