Pensioner celebrates Colonel Tom’s fundraising feat with four-legged friend in fancy dress.

By Jessica Rowley.

From artwork to audio messages, the public have found a variety of ways to pay tribute to Colonel Tom Moore as he celebrates his 100th Birthday.

John Southall, of Lower Gornal, decided to pay his respects to the Second World War veteran by dressing up his dog Bailey in uniform to celebrate the Colonel’s special day.

Bailey, a 14 year old Cavalier and Bichon Frise crossbreed, donned a Grenadier Guards outfit as part of the unique gesture.

John Southall, of Barr Street, Gornal said:-

“My wife made the costume for Bailey because we used to show him in dog shows before she died. Her uncle was in the Grenadier Guards which was why we made the outfit in the first place”.

“It’s a personal thing with so may memories for us, but I just wanted to make everyone smile and show my respect for Colonel Tom Moore”.

Yorkshire-born Colonel Tom won the hearts of the nation with his fundraising efforts for the NHS and has raised over £30 million for the service.

He decided to raise money for the health service after they treated him for skin cancer and a broken hip by completing 100 laps of his 25 metre-long garden.

“He has served us when we needed him in the past and he is serving us again in the present. What he’s doing is tremendous. He’s an inspiration for future generations and to us all” said John, 78.

The war veteran was given an honorary promotion to Colonel to mark his birthday in recognition of his incredible NHS fundraising feat. 

He has received over 140,000 birthday cards to mark his 100th birthday, including messages from the Prime Minister and the Queen, after smashing his £1000 initial fundraising target.