Captain Tom Moore, a 100-year-old World War II veteran, will be a knight after raising nearly $ 40 million for healthcare charities, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling him a "headlamp". light "during the coronavirus pandemic.
The cavalry, which bears the title "Lord", will be formally issued by Queen Elizabeth II.
Moore set the goal of running 100 laps in his garden before turning 100 in April.
He hoped to raise £ 1,000 (US $ 1,200) for National Health Service charities as a thank you for the treatment he received while suffering from cancer and a broken hip.
But the money started coming in after his effort drew national and then international interest, rare good news in the midst of a global health emergency.
"Colonel Tom's fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the entire country and provided all of us with a beacon of light through the coronavirus haze," Johnson said Tuesday announcing the cavalry.
“On behalf of everyone who was touched by your incredible story, I want to thank you immensely. It is a true national treasure. "
The army made Moore, who served as an engineer in India and Burma during World War II, an honorary colonel.
Moore's efforts and humility have brought him to national fame, with a high-speed train named after him and Royal Air Force jets flying over his birthday on April 30.
Moore became the oldest artist to reach number one on the UK singles charts, singing a cover of "You Never Walk Walk Alone" with British star Michael Ball and an NHS choir.
“Lift up Captain Mister Tom Moore !!!! I couldn't be more thrilled and proud, "tweeted Ball.
“An appropriate honor for a true British hero. So well deserved and wonderful. Very well and thank you for everything, sir.
Opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer also congratulated Moore.
"In these difficult times for our country, Tom has brought inspiration to millions and helped all of us to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our NHS," Starmer said in a statement.
"After serving his country during the war, Tom acknowledged that today's heroes are the NHS at the front and health professionals.
"In his actions, Tom incorporated the national solidarity that grew during this crisis and showed us that everyone can contribute to the construction of a better future."
Moore now holds two world records: raising more money by taking an individual walk and as the oldest person at the top of the UK singles charts.