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The prime minister will join in with a “national clap” to honour the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore, Downing Street has announced.
Boris Johnson urged people across the country to join in the event at 6pm on Wednesday.
MPs observed a minute’s silence in memory of Moore and others who have lost their lives as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic before prime minister’s questions. The Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, said of Moore: “His dignity and determination in raising money to support the NHS charities caught the nation’s mood at the most difficult time. He exemplified the best of our values.”
Earlier, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said Moore’s contribution would be formally marked. Describing him as an “inspiration”, Hancock told BBC Breakfast: “I will ensure we mark his contribution properly and appropriately at the right moment.”
Asked whether a statue might be built “in possibly his home town or where he was born or in London”, Hancock told LBC: “Yes, I do think that we should find a way, at the right time, to honour the contribution that he made to the NHS as he was an inspiration to so many people.”
Moore set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday last April. His efforts struck a chord with the nation and donations flooded in with almost £33m raised.
In acknowledgement, he was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.
Ellie Orton, chief executive of NHS Charities Together, said Moore “lifted the spirits of an entire nation” and demonstrated that “you’re never too old, you’re never too anything to care for people and to make a difference”.
She said: “He really was a beacon of hope; the optimism that he brought in and hope to us in a really dark and difficult time for this nation, and particularly for the NHS, is just incredible.
“He is held in such amazing high regard, he is a national hero and his legacy will live on in the NHS for years and years to come.”
Source: The Guardian
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