We salute you, Captain Tom: Social media users pay fitting tribute to WWII and NHS hero after his death to Covid
- Twitter users today saluted Captain Sir Tom Moore as they post series of tributes
- Second World War veteran died in hospital aged 100 after positive Covid-19 test
- Twitter user said: ‘He will be sadly missed. What a legacy to leave behind though’
- Another added: ‘Captain Sir Tom Moore deserves the whole country’s salute’
Twitter users today saluted Captain Sir Tom Moore as they posted a series of tributes following his death in hospital aged 100 after testing positive for coronavirus.
The Second World War veteran, who captured the hearts of the nation with his fundraising efforts during the first lockdown, died in Bedford Hospital this morning.
And those on social media were quick to post images this afternoon of people saluting, with one saying: ‘He will be sadly missed. What a legacy to leave behind though. Hope and strength to keep us going, whatever happens in life.’
Gaz Newton added: ‘I’ve saluted a lot of officers in my time in the Army, but Captain Sir Tom Moore deserves the whole country’s salute for what he’s done for his country. Above and beyond. Rest in peace.’
A third, Karen Godfrey, tweeted: ‘I salute you, Sir Captain Tom Moore. A true hero, legend and total inspiration. Sending love and condolences to family.’
It came after his daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira hailed the last year of Sir Tom’s life as ‘nothing short of remarkable’, adding: ‘He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of’.
Sir Tom had been taken to hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for coronavirus last week.
His family praised the care he had received from the NHS and said they had been able to spend time with him in his final hours.
In a statement, Hannah and Lucy said: ‘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.
‘We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.
‘The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.
‘Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.’
Buckingham Palace said the Queen and the royal family’s thoughts are with Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family and she is sending a private message of condolence.
Sir Tom’s fundraising efforts raised more than £32 million for the NHS, walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April.
The veteran set out to raise £1,000 from his charity challenge but his efforts struck a chord with the nation, and praise and donations flooded in.
Captain Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, on April 16, 2020 after achieving his goal of 100 laps of his garden
Captain Tom Moore, with (left to right) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia, at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, on April 16, 2020
Captain Tom Moore receiving his knighthood from the Queen at Windsor Castle in July 2020
He raised a total of £32.7 million, with donations from 1.5 million supporters, before his fundraising page was closed at midnight following his 100th birthday on April 30.
He started his challenge a little over three weeks earlier, and encouraged people to continue to donate to NHS Charities Together.
In acknowledgement of his efforts, he was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.
Sir Tom rounded off 2020 with a trip to Barbados with his family, and his fundraising efforts were marked during the New Year drone display in London, as his figure appeared over The O2.
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