AN AMAZING Coventry Second World War veteran who is part of the ‘world’s oldest family’ celebrated his 100th birthday last week by smashing his fund-raising target for Help for Heroes.
Bob Tweed marked his special day last Friday with loved ones, with some travelling as far as America to celebrate with him.
But his birthday card from King Charles III and Queen Camilla wasn’t the only thing he received as people donated to a special birthday fund-raiser he had set up for Help For Heroes.
He has raised £590 so far, smashing his £500 target.
Bob’s connection to the Armed Forces reaches back to the Second World War, where he served in the Far East Campaign against the Japanese in Asia, while he and his three brothers were on the front line during the conflict and returned home.
His son Alan, his two grandsons and his great-grandson have all served in the Royal Marines.
He is also a part of the record-breaking Coventry Tweed family, made up of the 16 children of Percy and Flo Tweed.
In 2014, Bob and his 11 then-surviving siblings entered the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest family in the world, with a combined age of over 1,019 years.
Bob’s nephew Andrew Kane, who set up the GoFundMe page on Bob’s behalf said: “Bob had a fabulous birthday, he is an amazing person and a Coventry kid through and through.
“We are so grateful to everyone who donated and would love to raise even more for the Armed Forces.”
Visit www.gofundme.com/f/bobs-100th-birthday-fundraiser-for-helpforheroes to donate to Bob.