A NEW police dog about to go through the West Midlands’ renowned puppy training scheme has been named Captain Tom Moore after the iconic 99-year-old NHS fund-raiser.
The veteran’s name was the overwhelming favourite during an online vote to name some of the new dogs after NHS Heroes.
The West Midlands’ Capt Tom is a Dutch Herder who was specially chosen to share the name due to his dad being born and bred in Yorkshire – just like the soon-to-be-centenarian – before he became a police dog in Hampshire and Thames Valley.
The two-month-old pup – who will be affectionately known as Tommy – should be fully trained and ready to go next year.
Chief Instructor Dave Hibbert, from the dog section said: “A massive thank you to everyone who voted and put names forward for our NHS litter.
“Quite understandably we had an absolutely overwhelming majority winner.. and that was the name suggestion of Capt Tom Moore.
“As an organisation we wanted to honour the fantastic work he has done.”
Capt Tom has raised more than £25million for the NHS after initially wanting to raise £1,000 for the cause when he set out on his ‘100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday walk’.
His campaign captured the hearts of millions of people around the World who pledged the cash as he undertook his daily strolls.
Dave added: “We’re hoping our little Tommy has that Yorkshire spirit and follows in the fantastic work that Capt Tom has done.”
More of the names for the ‘NHS Heroes’ litter will be revealed tomorrow.