Boris Johnson is set to join a national clap to honour the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore this evening.
The nation was left devastated on Tuesday when the NHS hero died following a battle with Covid and pneumonia.
The Prime Minister has encouraged the public to join a round of applause at 6pm tonight to ‘show our appreciation for him and all that he stood for and believed in’.
He told the Commons: ‘I encourage everyone to join in a national clap for Captain Tom and all those health workers for whom he raised money at 6pm this evening.’
It comes after MPs observed a minute’s silence in memory of the army veteran and the thousands of other people who have had their lives claimed by the pandemic.
Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said of Sir Tom: ‘His dignity and determination in raising money to support the NHS charities caught the nation’s mood at the most difficult time. He exemplified the best of our values.’
In a statement yesterday, Sir Tom’s daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.
‘We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.
‘We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.
‘The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.
‘Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.’
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