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Barbados salutes Tom, 100, and NHS staff

Regional 01 May, 2020 Follow News

Captain Tom Moore was given honorary Colonel status on his birthday

Barbados’ Ministry of Tourism has invited Captain Tom Moore, the British centenarian who has raised tens of millions for the National Health Service, and his family to visit to the is-land, when it is safe to travel. The WWII veteran celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday in the UK and was made an honorary Colonel.

Barbados is doing so to acknowledge Captain Moore’s incredible COVID-19 fundraising ef-forts. Barbados is also launching an initiative to thank the UK NHS staff for their frontline dedication.

With the second highest number of centenarians per capita in the world after Japan, the island is immensely proud of its senior citizens, and Barbadians regularly celebrate and honour those who reach this significant milestone on a national scale.

Barbados also wants to acknowledge and commend his extraordinary efforts in raising over £30 million (KY$31m) for the NHS, an achievement that has surpassed his original target of £1,000 ($1,100) almost 30,000 times over.

Given the synergies and shared history between Barbados and the UK, the destination in-vited Captain Tom and three members of his family to visit when possible.

Despite being an independent nation for almost 54 years, the island known as ‘Little Eng-land’ is thanking the brave NHS workers making sacrifices to protect and save the lives of patients in their continued fight against COVID-19.

NHS staff will be nominated by their friends and family through BarbadosCares.com, and will be given the opportunity to visit the island, the number one Caribbean destination for UK travellers, with a guest. All entries will be judged by a panel to identify the 20 most inspi-rational stories.

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