Postmaster who sorted Captain Sir Tom's birthday cards pays tribute

Ruben Fields
February 2, 2021

Moore, who raised almost £33 million ($45 million, 37 million euros) for health service charities, died in hospital in southern England on Tuesday morning after testing positive for coronavirus last week.

And those on social media were quick to post images this afternoon of people saluting, with one saying: 'He will be sadly missed.

"Her thoughts, and those of the Royal Family, are with them, recognising the inspiration he provided for the whole nation and others across the world".

Captain Sir Tom's original aim was to raise a modest £1,000 by completing 100 laps, each a 25-metre loop, of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, before his 100th birthday last April.

Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: "A light has gone out in the world tonight with news of the death of our very own national treasure - Captain Sir Tom Moore".

"May this remarkable man rest in peace".

"We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime".

"He was rejuvenated and experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of", they said in a statement, noting they had spent the last hours of his life reminiscing together.

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Buckingham Palace said the Queen was sending a private message of condolence to Moore's family.

NHS Charities Together said it was "devastated" and thanked Capt Sir Tom for the money he raised, adding: "We owe him so much".

Moore was admitted to Bedford hospital on Sunday 31 January, after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for Covid-19 last week.

'The previous year of our father's life was nothing short of remarkable.

Pledging to walk 100 laps of his back garden before his 100th birthday on April 30, his fundraising total skyrocketed as he heroics captured the hearts of people everywhere, particularly in the United Kingdom during its first major lockdown.

At a time when the old were being advised to stay indoors and depicted as fragile, it was surely chastening for the young to witness Captain Sir Tom, a man of 99, showing such grit and mental toughness.

The veteran set out to raise £1,000 from his charity challenge but his efforts struck a chord, and praise and donations flooded in. Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Cpt Sir Tom and his family at Windsor previous year.

On 17 July 2020, he was knighted by the Queen in a special outdoor ceremony at Windsor Castle and officially became Captain Sir Tom Moore.

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