Captain Sir Tom Moore: Daughter opens up on trolling
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The lockdown legend, whose garden walk raised millions for the NHS, died earlier this year at 100. Now Hannah Ingram-Moore said it was her duty to be at the official opening of the bronze sculpture in honour of all those who fell in Britain’s war on Covid. She said: “This huge outpouring of support for my father proved just how much the British public wanted to support our NHS. “I couldn’t be prouder that my father was part of that story and could provide a source of hope when it was needed most.
“Then sadly it was my father’s turn to need the support of the NHS when he contracted Covid earlier this year.
“The magnificent NHS healthcare workers were there for him too, as they were for so many other families across the UK.”
Hannah spoke of her wonderful memories of her father in his final days telling nurses he “would be leaving hospital soon as he had a lot more fundraising to do”.
She said: “My father felt our NHS workers were fighting an invisible enemy.
“It was with great sadness we witnessed so many of these brave workers losing their lives in the fight to save others.
“We as a family feel your loss as we feel our own. I am honoured to be able to share my father’s story ahead of the opening of this memorial for those that bravely fought and passed away from Covid. My father would have loved to see this memorial, and I will be enormously proud to attend the opening in his honour.”
Sir Tom ended up raising £39million, uniting the world during its darkest hours. He was knighted by the Queen and died from the virus on February 2.
But the catchphrase he coined as he gave hope to the world lives on: “Tomorrow will be a good day.”
The 20ft sculpture, as yet unnamed, will immortalise every one of the healthcare workers who dies by carrying their names.
It will also be a permanent reminder of the gruelling work doctors, nurses, midwives, carers and all who proudly serve our cherished healthcare system carry out every day without fanfare or praise.
The inscription will read: “You laid your love for those in life. Your sleep is not in vain.” The sculpture will feature two intertwined trees with hundreds of leaves, each individually hand-sculpted. It also will include catkins, which chime in the wind.
The 880lb memorial costing £250,000 will have roots tumbling over bronze rocks in a poignant representation of eternal life.
Sculptress Nicola Ravenscroft is creating the monument which will stand in central London.
Similar artworks will also be unveiled in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in acknowledgement of the nationwide fight against the deadly virus.
Hannah backed the Daily Express for the memorial and praised the spirit of her father’s work. She said: “For most of us, it’s hard to imagine Britain without the NHS.
“To imagine not having access to world-class healthcare and support when we need it most, or for that to only be available to those that can afford it.”
Sitting on a bench dedicated to Sir Tom at her home in Marston Moretaine, Beds, Hannah said: “My father was born into that era, and it is because of this that
he remained a dedicated champion of the NHS.
“When the pandemic took hold in the UK last year, as a country we quickly became aware of the huge impact it was having on our front line workers.
“Like many others across the UK, my family sat around our kitchen table discussing how we could help, if only just a little bit.
“This was when my husband first challenged my father to walk 100 laps of our garden for his 100th birthday to raise money for our frontline workers. We hoped to raise £1,000. Within a week my father raised £500,000, and within three and a half this had grown to £38.9million. Every penny went to NHS Charities Together.”
Hannah added: “My father’s hope was that his legacy would continue to inspire hope where it’s needed most. He felt he had become invisible in the latter years of his life until he was empowered again by living with our family in a multi-generational household.
“We were also lucky to learn so much from him. It is the belief that better connection between generations is the key to a more inclusive, empathetic and hopeful society that drives us at The Captain Tom Foundation.
“We work with organisations to help tackle some of society’s biggest challenges.
“The past year has shown how much goodwill our society has for each other and by ensuring this memorial I hope we’ll continue to remember what a big difference each of us can make.”
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