LONDON: A minute of silence for Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old British war veteran who became a national hero for his remarkable fundraising efforts during the pandemic, was held in parliament on Wednesday.
Before Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s weekly question and answer session, House of Commons MPs lowered their heads in tribute.
In appreciation of his record-breaking successes, Johnson called for the nation to come together and give the retired soldier a round of applause.
“He said, “We all have the chance now to express our respect for him and all that he stood for and believed in.
“That is why I encourage everyone to join Captain Tom and all those health workers for whom he raised money at 6 pm this evening in a national clap.” By finishing 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday last April, Moore raised nearly 33 million ($45 million, 37 million euros) for UK health care charities.
As Britons grappled with the first coronavirus lockdown last year, his efforts won hearts and spurred several other campaigns to raise funds for the state-run National Health Service (NHS).
A knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at a special open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle was among the many accolades showered upon him.
The dictator, 94, gave his family a private letter of condolence, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday. Moore died on Tuesday after seeking treatment for pneumonia and testing positive for coronavirus at a hospital in Bedford, southern England.
His neighbours shared their grief in the Bedfordshire village of Marston Moretaine, where Moore lived, while well-wishers left a stream of floral tributes outside his house.
“Lucy Handley, 45, said, “The first lockout was really tough for everyone, but I think the village got a real boost, gave us a real lift, allowed people to speak with each other, and gave us more to talk about.