The Second World War veteran, 99, has raised more than £17 million for the health service by walking lengths of his garden, completing his 100th length just yesterday.

Since Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan called for him to receive the honour, the hashtag #knighthoodforcaptaintom has been trending, with thousands of people signing petitions. Tom has captured the hearts of the nation, giving us all a huge boost of morale.

The petition calls for him to be recognised in the next honours list, which is due to be published on the Queen's official birthday in June.