Nick Thomas-Symonds, the Member of Parliament for Torfaen, has paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore following his passing at age 100.
During the first coronavirus lockdown the second world war veteran caught the public imagination after he set out to raise funds for health workers by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April. Sir Tom completed this feat to a Guard of Honour made up of soldiers from 1st Battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment, having raised almost £39 million for NHS charities.
Commenting in April, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP wished Sir Tom a happy birthday and said:
“His amazing achievements, raising so much for the NHS, have been an inspiration for people across the country.
“From young children to WW2 veterans, it’s great to see the whole country coming together to support our NHS.”
In acknowledgement of his efforts, Sir Tom was knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle in July and made an honorary colonel.
On Sunday, Sir Tom was admitted to Bedford hospital after he had been treated for pneumonia for some time and had tested positive for Covid-19 last week. On Monday, he was joined by members of his family, and on Tuesday he sadly passed away at the age of 100.
The Torfaen MP commented:
“This is terribly sad news.
“Captain Tom’s service to our country, his selfless commitment to raising money to support our NHS and his fortitude in challenging times are an inspiration, representing so much of what is great about Britain.
“My thoughts are with his family and friends.”