A Second World War veteran who raised more than £32million for the NHS during the first lockdown has said that the country will ‘get through the second one together’.
Captain Sir Tom Moore, who walked 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday, has this week been speaking to lonely people on the phone.
He is also continuing to walk each day with his family.
As England entered its second lockdown on Thursday his charity – The Captain Tom Foundation – launched a campaign called Walk and Talk which aims is to get as many people as possible walking and talking, spreading hope and easing loneliness.
Sir Tom said: “I would like us all to stand shoulder to shoulder – metaphorically!
“Let’s try not to get downhearted, we will get through this, whatever is thrown at us and together we can ensure that tomorrow will be a good day.”
His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said that her father “became a beacon of hope, and not just here but around the world for everyone who’s suffering the fallout of this terrible virus”.
“We have this incredible gift of this global platform, this voice, but what came with that was incredible responsibility,” she said.
She said that as soon as a second lockdown was hinted at, their phones began to ring with people asking what they planned to do.
This hit home further, she said, when people approached her and her daughter when they went food shopping.
“Within seconds of entering the supermarket we had been approached by several people who would say ‘oh you’re the daughter and granddaughter of Captain Sir Tom, what are we going to do, what impact is it going to have, will I be able to see my mum, will I be able to see my girlfriend, how are we going to cope, what are you going to do?’,” she said.
“And of course I’m sure everyone has seen the fun images that have floated around of my father picking up his trainers again.”
She said her family are “just an ordinary family doing what everyone else is doing” but wanted to help.