Piers Morgan asks Colonel Tom if he fancies Susanna Reid or Amanda Holden more


PIERS Morgan put Colonel Tom Moore on the spot this morning and asked him who he fancies more – Susanna Reid or Amanda Holden.

The WW2 hero galantly said he preferred Susanna because she was there with them, while Piers cackled about his cheeky question.

Colonel Tom is up for doing a skydive for his next challenge

Colonel Tom also revealed he is up for hurling himself out of a plane after raising £33m for the NHS charities by doing laps of his garden.

Speaking on today’s Good Morning Britain, he was asked the possibility of partaking in the high adrenaline sport.

He said: “Sky-diving, I certainly wouldn’t mind doing that.

“It looks like an amazing thing! I don’t know whether I can withstand that, but the idea seems to be alright”

Tom also revealed how he will be donating all the proceeds from his upcoming autobiography and children’s book to charity.

The WW2 hero will be launching his own foundation in the coming weeks and months with the books funding them.

He is writing his optimistic autobiography at the moment and it will be released within weeks

Colonel Tom will donate the proceeds of the books to his charity

HOAR on Sunday exclusively revealed how the army hero had signed a big money deal to tell his life story which could be out in as soon as six weeks.

It is worth up to £1.5m and includes a children’s book and options for a lifestyle book and a World War Two-inspired cookery book.

His PR agents are understood to have agreed a deal with publisher Michael Joseph, part of the Penguin Random House group.

A source told the newspaper: “Discussions on what will be released are ongoing but any books published will go like hot cakes, that’s for sure.”

Susanna was delighted at Tom’s choice

Amanda was Tom’s second choice

Tom, who served in the Yorkshire Regiment and fought in Burma, is in lockdown in Marston Moretaine, Beds, with members of his family.

He said of the book that fans could expect it to be optimistic.

Tom said: “I’ve always been an optimistic person, to look on the bright side and things will get better always. Smile when the sun comes out. Look on the bright side and it will all be better in the end.”

And of his children’s book, he added: “I’ve always liked children and these last few weeks I’ve had so many cards from children. They’ve given hope to everyone. I certainly hope it’s a success.”

Tom, who served in the Yorkshire Regiment and fought in Burma, is in lockdown in Marston Moretaine, Beds, with members of his family.

His charitable mission came about after he had been challenged by his grandchildren Benjie and Georgia to walk 100 laps of his garden to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together.

Widower Tom, who had been treated for a broken hip and skin cancer, took up the challenge with gusto even though it meant walking slowly using a zimmer frame.

Captain Tom was seen cutting one of his birthday cakes

Captain Tom has become a national treasure amid the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to his fundraising efforts

He completed the 100 laps nearly three weeks ago but carried on — and now holds the Guinness World Record for the most money raised by an individual on a sponsored walk in the UK.

He earned a second Guinness record after becoming the oldest person to have a UK Number One after hitting the top spot with You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The charity single was recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir.

And he received a 100th birthday message from the Queen – after cheering on a Spitfire flypast to celebrate his fundraising efforts.

The war hero was promoted from Captain to Honorary Colonel by military top brass last week for raising an astonishing £32million for the NHS

Tom served as a captain during the war but in honour of his achievements, the Army Foundation College in Harrogate made him its first Honorary Colonel last month.

Head of the Army, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, made the appointment, with the Queen’s approval, as Tom’s efforts walking around his garden “embodied the Army’s values and standards”.

General Sir Mark said: “His mature wisdom, no-nonsense attitude and humour in adversity make him an inspirational role model to generations young and old.”

Penguin Random House declined to comment officially but said: “When we are ready to announce something we will.”


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