Boris Johnson – Sir Captain Tom Moore: Prime Minster Boris Johnson confirms time for ‘national clap’ for Captain Tom
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (Wednesday, February 3) said that there will be a ‘national clap’ this evening to honour Captain Sir Tom Moore.
The 100-year-old who raised millions of pounds for the NHS last spring sadly died in hospital yesterday after a brief battle with coronavirus.
Now, Boris Johnson has said that he will be honoured in a nationwide doorstep clap tonight at 6pm, akin to the Clap For Carers which swept the national last year.
In the House of Commons, he said “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.”
It follows an outpouring of respect from all over the country.
This morning on BBC Breakfast, Health Secretary Matt Hancock called Captain Tom an “inspiration”.
He added: “I will ensure we mark his contribution properly and appropriately at the right moment.”
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Asked whether a statue might be built “in possibly his home town or where he was born or in London”, Mr Hancock also told LBC: “Yes, I do think that we should find a way, at the right time, to honour the contribution that he made to the NHS and he was an inspiration to so many people.”
Originally, Sir Tom set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, by walking lengths of his back garden in the lead up to his 100th birthday last April.
He ended up raising £32m, and subsequently was knighted by the Queen in at Windsor Castle last Summer.