Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family share memories on first anniversary of his death

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s daughter has said she can still “see and feel” her father “in everything” a year after his death.

The World War Two veteran sparked hope during the first Covid-19 national lockdown of 2020, raising £38.9million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday.

He died with coronavirus on February 2 last year.

Before his death, he and his family founded the Captain Tom Foundation to support causes that are close to his heart.

His family continues this, and in June there will be a first Captain Tom Day aimed at empowering the elderly.

On the anniversary of her father’s death, Hannah Ingram-Moore said: “When we first asked my father to stay with us, we did it so he wouldn’t be alone.

“What we didn’t expect was the wealth of life in a multi-generational household.

“He was so needed in our family.

“We all valued his opinion very much and constantly asked him for his opinion on everything from business decisions to questions about the children’s education or repairing the lawnmower.

“A lot of times over the past year I’ve been like, ‘I wish I’d asked him that!’

“Or ‘He would have known how to fix that!’

Captain Sir Tom Moore died on February 2, 2021

“Because he became the grandfather of the world, I can continue to see and feel him in everything.

“That was magical.

“On the other hand, not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and miss him.

“It is very important to our family that the Captain Tom Foundation continues his wonderful legacy by celebrating our aging population and connecting the generations just as he did.”

Sir Tom’s grandson, Benjie Ingram-Moore, 18, said: “One of the best things about living with my grandfather was our friendly banter about really small daily comforts.

“Our rooms were next to each other and we were always the last ones to get up, so every night we would go into each other’s rooms to fight over who rang the alarm clock in the morning.

The first Captain Tom Day is scheduled to take place in June 2022

“What I miss the most is not having an extra family member close by to talk and laugh with.

“He was like a second father to me and taught me so much.

“I always remember him saying if you can make someone smile every day then you made a good impression on the day.

“He certainly did.”

The veteran’s granddaughter Georgia Ingram-Moore, 13, said: “Grandpa moved in with us just before I was born so he was always there.

“We spent so much time together, playing with the dogs and growing things in the greenhouse.

“We read, drew, stamped and glued together. I loved spending time with him because he was so kind and patient with me as the youngest in the family!”

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