With days still to go, volunteers have had to be called in to help open thousands of birthday cards that have been sent to veteran Captain Tom Moore to date.

So far more than 65,000 cards have been sent to the ‘champion’ charity walker and are being put out on show at Bedford School, where his grandson, Benjie Ingram-Moore, attends.

99-year-old World War II veteran, Captain Tom, raised in excess of a staggering £28 million for the National Health Service by completing 100 laps of his garden shortly before his 100th birthday.

A production line of 20 or so volunteers have been called on to aid in opening the sacks loads of cards which have been coming in almost inundated fashion as his birthday fast approaches – on April 30.