A PETITION has been launched to try to get war hero Tom Moore knighted.

Calls have been made on social media for recognition for the 99-year-old who is walking 100 lengths of his back garden ahead of his 100th birthday to raise money for the NHS.

So far online donations to his Justgiving page have reached £23,516,927.83.

Tom stated that the NHS have been 'marvellous' in helping him to recover from both a hip replacement and skin cancer on his head over the last couple of years.

Now, Sonia Wilson has created a petition for recognition for the veteran.

She said: "As an NHS midwife, I know how much his fundraising and support means on the ground.

"And how much it means to staff during this awful pandemic.

"He deserves to be knighted. Please sign to make it happen."

So far 769,506 have signed the petition and has a target of 1m.

Meanwhile, a Spitfire flypast is reportedly being planned to mark the 100th birthday of Captain Moore.

To sign the petition then you should visit: https://www.change.org/p/war-hero-tom-moore-aged-99-to-be-knighted-captaintommoore