Boris Johnson urges Brits to clap in memory of Captain Tom Moore at 6pm tonight

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Boris Johnson has urged people across the country to join in a national clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore at 6pm today after his coronavirus press conference.

The prime minister told the House of Commons the heroic 100-year-old had 'dedicated his life to serving others', and encouraged 'everyone to take part in tonight's tribute'.

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."

Tonight's clap will also pay tribute the NHS workers battling on the frontline amid the pandemic.

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle also paid an emotional tribute to Sir Tom.

He said: "His dignity and determination in raising money to support the NHS charities caught the nation's mood at the most difficult time. He exemplified the best of our values."

He hoped to raise £1,000 but donations quickly surpassed that goal and his efforts topped more than £33million.

The war hero became a beacon of hope for many across the UK when he stepped out of his front door and walked 100 laps of his garden for the NHS.

The WW2 veteran passed away in hospital, weeks after returning from a bucket list trip to Barbados.

His death yesterday was announced in a statement from his daughters Hannah and Lisa.

The Government also today backed calls for a permanent memorial to Captain Tom to recognise his contribution to the NHS.

Calls have also been made for a memorial to Captain Tom to be installed on the Fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square or for him to have a stone dedicated to him in Westminster Abbey.

Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock said the 100-year-old had cemented his place in history after his heroic fundraising efforts.

He said his rallying of the country during the coronavirus pandemic symbolised resilience in the face of adversity.

Mr Hancock told BBC Radio 4: "I hope that at the right time we will find the way permanently to honour his contribution to the NHS.

"He became to symbolise something and something that we all needed to see – that cheerful resilience in the face of difficulty and adversity and the fact that everybody do what they can."

  • Captain Tom Moore
  • Coronavirus
  • NHS
  • Boris Johnson

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