Captain Sir Tom Moore gets first UK veterans’ railcard








The new railcard also allows discounted travel for any companions (Picture: PA) NHS fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore was the first to receive a new railcard for all UK military veterans.



Transport Secretary Grant Shapps presented Captain Tom with the pass, allowing him to travel with up to a third off rail fares, with discounted tickets for companions of any age.



From November 5, about 830,000 veterans will be able to get the railcard as a thank you for their service.



Captain Tom, a World War Two veteran who won the hearts of the country when he raised almost £33million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April, said it was a ‘wonderful occasion’.



The granddad-of-four and his family previously set up a charity, the Captain Tom foundation, which helps people combat loneliness and deal with bereavement, as well as championing education and equality and ‘supporting our friends overseas’.



With this in mind, the railcard’s potential to help veterans visit their loved ones and get back into the working world was important to Sir Tom. 



He said: ‘It is a rare opportunity to show thanks and gratitude to veterans and this railcard is a necessary recognition and investment in veterans, giving them the ability to re-connect and combat loneliness, something that we promote and support at The Captain Tom Foundation.’









Captain Tom said he was glad there was something helping veterans find ‘the ability to reconnect and combat loneliness’ (Picture: PA)





Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he was ‘delighted’ to give the first railcard to Captain Tom (Picture: PA) The new railcard is part of the Government’s veterans strategy, which aims to provide support in areas such as relationships, employment, health, finance and housing, for people who have served in the military.



Shapps said: ‘We have an eternal debt of honour to those who have served our country, and this railcard is part of marking our gratitude.



‘For veterans looking to re-enter the world of work and connect with friends and family, it will cut the cost of travel to open up new opportunities.



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‘Through his service and his inspirational fundraising, he has shown the selflessness and indomitable spirit of all those who have served.’



Director general of The Royal British Legion Charles Byrne said: ‘At a time when many veterans are facing significant financial hardship, we hope as many as possible will be able to enjoy the benefits this card will bring when travelling by train.’



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