Goodnight, Mister Tom

Captain Tom (as he is affectionately known), April 2020

It is with a cruel irony that Captain Sir Thomas Moore passed away today, after testing positive for Covid-19. This man inspired many people as, nearing 100 years old, he walked 100 laps around his garden to raise money for NHS charities during the first lockdown here. His initial goal was to raise £1000, but he actually raised around £33 million.

It wasn’t the first time he was a hero, though. I feel the word ’hero’ is used too often, but this man truly was. Born in 1920, he was a member of the generation who fought against Fascism during WWII. He was very clearly a principled man and believed that a person should stand up for what they believe in. The remarkable thing about Mr. Moore is that he took meaningful action. He knew that we could not sit idly by as this virus took hold, and he inspired innumerable people with his determination and quiet dignity.

Mr. Moore’s passing is a perceptible death from Covid-19. When the numbers get so big, it’s easy to forget the human loss that is every single one: as a society, we need to reflect on this. Perhaps this is another lesson we should learn from him. 

Thank-you for everything Captain Tom, and goodnight.

~ L&A 2.2.21 ~

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