Captain Sir Tom Moore: We should all live by the values he displayed – Scotsman comment

The name Tom Moore will live long in the memory.

The values that led Captain Sir Tom Moore to do what he could to help the NHS during the Covid crisis are ones we should all share (Picture: Emma Sohl/Capture the Light/AFP via Getty Images)
The values that led Captain Sir Tom Moore to do what he could to help the NHS during the Covid crisis are ones we should all share (Picture: Emma Sohl/Capture the Light/AFP via Getty Images)

At a time when his country was struggling to come to terms with the arrival of Covid pandemic, the former Second World War Army captain, then 99, decided he would do something to help others – he would walk 100 laps of his garden with his zimmer frame before his 100th birthday in the hope of raising perhaps £1,000 in sponsorship to help the NHS. He raised more than £32 million.

It took him 10 days to walk the distance and his dedicated, dogged efforts did more than raise a small fortune; they inspired a nation and gave us hope when we most needed it.

Here was the human spirit at its finest, displayed by a frail and elderly man with the heart of a lion.

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It led to Moore, who was described by his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore as “a stoic Yorkshireman, an unruffled, straight down the line kind of person”, receive a most-deserved knighthood from the Queen last summer.

His death, after testing positive for Covid-19, is a moment of great sadness, but we can honour his memory by recognising the importance of values that he held – his desire to help others and to do “his bit” just as he had done in the war.

The remarkable life of Captain Sir Tom Moore is a shining example to all that, no matter how old we are, we can still make a difference and our lives are still valuable.

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