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Inspiration: Captain Sir Tom Moore after he completed his garden challenge

Inspiration: Captain Sir Tom Moore after he completed his garden challenge

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Inspiration: Captain Sir Tom Moore after he completed his garden challenge

Nobody had heard of Captain Sir Tom Moore before Covid.

It was during the first lockdown that the 99-year-old caught the public imagination. There was something poignant about the frail, bent figure, still smart in a navy blazer, and with his war medals on proud display, doggedly walking laps of his garden to raise money for NHS charities.

The donations poured in. Before he passed away earlier this week, aged 100, Captain Tom had raised almost £33m. No wonder he has been hailed as a hero, an inspiration - and above all, a national treasure.


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