Captain Sir Tom Moore: Daughters release funeral details

Captain Sir Tom Moore: Daughters release funeral details

A “small family funeral” for Captain Sir Tom Moore will take place on Saturday.

The 100-year-old Army veteran, who raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, died in Bedford Hospital on 2 February.

His family has asked the public not to attend and “continue to support the NHS by staying at home”.

An online book of condolence has been set up in his memory.

In line with current restrictions, the funeral will be attended by eight members of Captain Sir Tom’s immediate family – his two daughters, Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore, four grandchildren and his sons-in-laws.

Captain Sir Tom was originally from Keighley near Bradford, and his family said that once Covid-19 restrictions permit it, his ashes will be interred in Yorkshire, where he will rest with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot.

In a statement, his daughters said Capt Sir Tom had spoken “openly about his death and his funeral” over the past year and had “wondered out loud if perhaps the interest in him over the last 12 months would mean we would need to have more Victoria Sponge cakes available for the extra guests”.

“Sadly, like so many other families affected by the pandemic, we have no choice but to hold a small family funeral,” they said.

“Whilst we understand so many people wish to pay their respects to our father, we ask that the public and the press continue to support the NHS by staying at home.”

They added that as so many people had asked what they could do to honour him, they had set up the online book of condolence and suggested people either plant a tree in his memory, or donate to the Captain Tom Foundation or a charity of their choice.

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