A CELEBRATION of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s life is set to take place on April 30 – on what would have been his 101st birthday.
The hero’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said the event is to “celebrate his generosity of spirit, the hope and joy he brought to millions and his sense of fun”.
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A celebration of the life of Captain Tom Moore will take place on April 30
Soldiers from Captain Tom’s regiment bore his coffin into the crematorium
In a statement posted on her father’s official Twitter account, she said: “I would like to say an enormous thank you for the continuing support and compassion we’ve been shown over the last few weeks.
“It is helping us through a very difficult period.
“On Saturday we were able to give my father a fitting send-off adhering to his wishes in every way.
“We played music he loved, spoke words that filled us with joy and the addition of full military honours would have had him bursting with pride.”
She added: “So many of you have asked what will be done to commemorate the life and spirit of my father Captain Tom and we’ve had some amazing suggestions. The Captain Tom Foundation will be celebrating his life on what would have been his 101st birthday.”
Last week, the war veteran was laid to rest at a “beautiful” service.
The NHS fundraising hero received his own guard of honour and a spectacular RAF flypast after he passed away earlier this month.
Captain Tom’s family paid heartbreaking tributes to the grandad who became known as a “beacon of life and hope for the world” during the pandemic.
Six soldiers from the veteran’s regiment carried his coffin – draped in a Union Jack flag – into Bedford crematorium for a family service Captain Tom planned himself.
Both of the hero’s daughters spoke at the service, while his grandchildren read touching poems in honour of their grandfather.
Sir Tom’s daughter Lucy Teixeira fought back tears as she said her father “walked his way into the nation’s hearts”.
She said: “Daddy, you would always tell us ‘best foot forward’, and true to your word, that’s just what you did last year, raising a fortune for the NHS and walking your way into the nation’s hearts.”
Her voice broke as she added: “I am so proud of you – what you have achieved, your whole life and especially in the last year.
“You may be gone but your message and your spirit lives on.”
Daughter Lucy Ingram-Moore wept as she spoke of her life with her father, who moved in with her after her mother’s death.
“The loss of you is a dull physical ache for me, but the power of love you left us with allows us to stay strong,” she said.
“Our relationship cannot be broken by death.
“You will be with me always.”
She said watching her father turn into a “beacon of life and hope to the world” was “magical”.
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral took place last week
Millions of Brits will remember the NHS hero
Left to right, son-in-law Colin Ingram, granddaughter Georgia, grandson Benjie and daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore arrive for the funeral
Sir Tom served with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment during the Second World War