On 16 April 2020, Captain Sir Tom Moore completed his 100th lap around his garden in Bedfordshire; he had intended to raise £1,000 before his 100th birthday to support the National Health Service in the United Kingdom when the Covid-19 pandemic first ravaged the nation. Little did he know that his honourable goal would soon win the nation’s heart and raise more than £30 million by the time he celebrated his 100th birthday on 30 April.
Captain Sir Tom was a much-needed beacon of unity and hope in a time of great uncertainty. He showed us that we all have a choice to turn away from negativity or helplessness by channelling our efforts to wholesome acts and intentions. Dubbed a “national inspiration”, the centenarian’s valiant efforts earned him a knighthood by the Queen in July 2020 in a special ceremony at Windsor Castle.
On 2 February 2021, Captain Sir Tom succumbed to Covid-19 and passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side. We join the people of the United Kingdom and his family in honouring the memory of a national hero who inspired millions through his life and actions. May his words of positivity continue to remind all of us that hope is never lost – “Please remember, tomorrow will be a good day.” May Captain Sir Tom Moore rest in Peace.