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The appeal by NHS fundraiser Captain Tom Moore topped £32m as he celebrated his 100th birthday.
The war veteran, who raised the money by walking laps of his garden, has also been made an honorary colonel.
The occasion was also marked with an RAF flypast and birthday greetings from the Queen and prime minister.
With celebrations under way, Capt Tom said everyone who donated was “magnificent” as the fund reached £30m on Thursday morning.
Head of the Army, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, called Capt Tom “an inspirational role model”.
Capt Tom said it was “extraordinary” to be turning 100, especially with “this many well-wishers”.
Capt Tom was spending most of the day self-isolating with his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her family at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.
“Reaching 100 is quite something. Reaching 100 with such interest in me and huge generosity from the public is very overwhelming,” he said.
“People keep saying what I have done is remarkable, however it’s actually what you have done for me which is remarkable.
“Please always remember, tomorrow will be a good day.”