Colonel Tom Moore awarded with gold Blue Peter badge to celebrate raising £32.7m

Colonel Tom Moore has been given a new badge to add to his growing collection of achievements – a gold Blue Peter badge, to be exact. 

The 100-year-old war veteran is one of few people to be given the highest accolade of the long-running TV show, celebrating his efforts after raising £32.7million for the NHS to aid the fight against coronavirus. 

Blue Peter’s gold badge only goes to outstanding individuals who have achieved something extraordinary in their field, who are considered to be role models, and who encourage and motivate children. 

Ahead of VE day this Friday (8 May), the newly-promoted Colonel Moore was given the badge by the team – and joked that he remembered a classic moment from 1969 which saw the show devolve into chaos. 

On receiving the award, Tom said: ‘That’s absolutely amazing, thank you very much. I am very proud to receive it because I have always been a great follower of Blue Peter. 

‘I remember the elephant, which is quite a few years ago now! Thank you very much indeed; I really am delighted to have this.’ 

Lulu The Elephant made a guest appearance back in 1969, but things turned a little awkward when the distressed animal started storming around the set. 

With her minder unable to look after her, she ended up defecating on the set and dragging her guard around as she tried to get away from him.

It remains an iconic moment of TV and one of the most comical moments in Blue Peter’s history as live TV went disastrously wrong.

His full interview with the show will air on Thursday, where he’s joined by his grandchildren, Benji and Georgia. 

The episode was filmed just days before his 100th birthday on 30 April, where he ended the fundraiser after £32.7million was raised. 

His initial target was just £1000, for doing 100 laps of his garden in order to mark his 100th birthday and do his bit for the NHS relief effort. 

In doing so, he captured the heart of the nation, and is now part of an elite gold badge member club that includes The Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Paul McCartney, and Mary Berry. 

Colonel Tom receives his Gold Blue Peter badge on Thursday, at 5.30pm on CBBC and BBC iPlayer.

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