Captain Sir Tom Moore’s grieving family are leading a ‘national clap’ for the 100-year-old NHS fundraising hero.
Boris Johnson said Captain Tom dedicated his life to serving others and encouraged people to join in the national applause in memory of him this evening.
Mr Johnson told the Commons: “We all now have the opportunity to show our appreciation for him and all that he stood for and believed in.
“That is why 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.”
His family said they would be taking part.
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A second clap is also being organised for Friday.
Organiser Hannah Jayne-King from Cwmbran, South Wales, had already planned to honour the fundraiser on Friday before Mr Johnson’s announcement.
She says she still plans to take part tonight, and also applaud and release a helium balloon in the veteran’s memory on Friday evening.
The 100-year-old’s death has prompted reaction from around the world, after he raised more than £32 million for the NHS during the first coronavirus lockdown.
Sir Tom set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday last April – but his efforts struck a chord with the nation and donations flooded in.
In acknowledgement of his efforts, he was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.
Captain Sir Tom Moore died in hospital after a brief battle with Covid-19 and pneumonia.
His daughters confirmed that the hero NHS fundraiser had died after spending his final hours with his family at his bedside.
The 100-year-old WW2 veteran and beloved fundraiser lost his life having been taken to Bedford Hospital on Sunday.
He had been receiving treatment for pneumonia for some time and tested positive for Covid-19 last week.
A heartbreaking statement from Sir Tom’s daughters, Hannah and Lucy, released on Tuesday 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.
“The care our father received from the NHS and carers over the last few weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary.
“They have been unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined.
“Over the past few days our father spoke a great deal about the last 12 months and how proud he felt at being able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation.
“We politely ask for privacy at this time so we can grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years our father had.”