The family of fundraising legend, Captain Tom Moore, asked Marston Moretaine Postmaster, Bill Chandi, if he could help by providing an address for people who wanted to celebrate his milestone 100th birthday to send birthday cards.
Captain Tom Moore set himself a challenge to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday, despite a hip replacement operation, to thank the NHS for their amazing work. His original plan to raise £1,000 was quickly reached and now the fundraising total has topped more than £6 million.
Captain Tom’s dogged determination and charming personality has captured the hearts of people across the UK and his heart-warming story has now gone global. A flood of birthday cards are expected for his 100th birthday on 30 April. Birthday cards can be sent to for Captain Tom Moore c/o Marston Moretaine Post Office, 67 Bedford Road, Marston Mortaine, Bedford, MK43 0LA.
Postmaster Bill Chandi, who is also a local councillor, was very happy to help as he knows Captain Tom and his daughter Hannah and son-in-law Colin Ingram well. Councillor Chandi had already been invited to a big 100th birthday party planned for Captain Tom, which will now be postponed until lockdown is lifted.
Councillor Chandi, who has been Marston Moretaine Postmaster for 32 years, said: “Captain Tom is a remarkable man and a role model. He is a real gentleman and they don’t make models like him anymore. My Post Office is at the heart of the Marston Moretaine community and I am delighted to be accepting 100th birthday cards on behalf of this community’s most famous resident.”
BBC Breakfast interviewed Councillor Chandi this morning (Wednesday 15 April) to raise awareness about where fans of Captain Tom can send him 100th birthday cards. He was introduced as the Postmaster for Marston Moretain, Bill Chandi, who is bracing himself for a deluge of mail for Captain Tom. Tonight an interview is also due to appear with Councillor Chandi on ITV about Marston Moretaine Post Office’s involvement in helping to mark Captain Tom turning 100.
Marston Moretaine Post Office in our Midlands region has a mailworks alongside where mail is sorted, so there is no shortage of space, even if a mountain of birthday cards arrive for Captain Tom.
People have been impressed that for Captain Tom, his age is no barrier. He was determined to do his challenge with his walking frame to thank the NHS for his hip replacement and all that the NHS is doing during the coronavirus pandemic.