Captain Sir Tom Moore, made famous for raising just over £32 million for the NHS earlier this year, has become the oldest star ever to grace the front page of GQ magazine.
The centenarian was commemorated by the magazine and given its Inspiration of the Year award, which celebrates his achievement of walking one hundred laps around his garden to raise money for the National Health Service back in April, which was struggling under the pressures of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. His goal of reaching £1000 by his 100th birthday was completely surpassed as the donations flooded in, cementing him as one of the most inspirational people to come out of 2020.
Earlier this year Sir Tom was honoured with the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain award for his outstanding achievements in raising money for NHS Charities Together, and he was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his efforts in May.
Speaking to Stuart McGurk of the GQ magazine, Sir Tom said of his honour: “Well that’s something special, isn’t it? And maybe next year, I’ll be the oldest again!”
When the announcement was revealed to the world, the WWII veteran took to his social media to give thanks, saying: “As a nation we continue to come together to support and inspire each other. I am honoured to receive this @BritishGQ award and proud to be part of a multi cultural and diverse Britain ??“ – via Twitter
GQ’s Men of the Year awards were created to highlight individual figures across all industries and celebrate their achievements gained in a particular field, as well as those who have made a positive impact on the community.
Previous winners include David Beckham, Taron Egerton, and Nicole Kidman, some of the biggest names in pop culture.
Editor of GQ, Dylan Jones, was very pleased with Sir Tom’s nomination, saying: “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 and we couldn’t be prouder to celebrate him at the upcoming GQ Men of the Year awards.”
In light of the second national lockdown, GQ’s 23rd ceremony will take place online for the first time ever. It will be available to watch on BritishGQ’s Youtube channel on the 26th November, where it will be broadcast from 8pm onwards.
To read Sir Tom’s full interview with GQ, click here.