Everyone at Rail Technology Magazine acknowledges the legacy of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who through his actions inspired the country in a most difficult situation and raised more than £32m for our vital NHS.
Passing away at Bedford Hospital on Tuesday with coronavirus, Capt. Sir Tom was rightfully honoured across the country through applause - remembering the selflessness which the 100-year-old military veteran reminded was in all of us.
Managing Director of Rail Technology Magazine, Roy Rowlands, said: “We want to remember Capt. Sir Tom and not just what he did, but what he inspired in all of us.
“He was an inspiration to all of us, an example of this country at its best, during one of our most difficult times in recent memory. It was no surprise to see everyone, from all walks of life, coming together to applaud the man last night.
“The Prime Minister praised his ‘spirit of optimism’ in a speech last night, and that was exactly what Capt. Sir Tom showed us. Optimism. Courage.
“In a time of great difficulty, if this elderly army veteran could stand up and make such a significant difference, then so could each and every one of us.
“Here at Rail Technology Magazine, we work alongside key UK industries - many of whom have continued working during this pandemic - and in Capt Sir Tom, we too saw the need to step up, play our part and support these amazing people who have risked their own safety day in, day out to keep our country running, keep our loved ones safe and treat those who need help.”
Originally, Capt. Sir Tom had set out to complete 100 laps of his garden in Bedfordshire, aiming to raise just £1,000.
But, as people across the UK and beyond became aware of the veteran’s fundraising efforts, he became a symbol of resilience and ended up raising £32,794,701 - which totalled £39m with Gift Aid - from more than 1.5 million supporters.
In July, in recognition of his incredible fundraising work, he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen. As a former World War II Army veteran, he was also promoted to the rank of Colonel in April, coinciding with his 100th birthday, as a mark of respect for his work.
The Ministry of Defence is reportedly looking into plans to honour Capt. Sir Tom in a ceremonial funeral, with full military honours.
Roy Rowlands added: “A ceremonial funeral with full honours would be perfectly fitting for a man who showed such character and spirit.
“I hope plans have some way of public involvement, be it perhaps televised, or some other way we can all show our support and admiration for what Capt. Sir Tom achieved.”
From all of us here at Rail Technology Magazine, we remember Captain Sir Tom Moore as an inspirational hero during a challenging time in UK history.
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