Fundraising record, knighthood, now a book: UK veteran Moore ponders what's next
2020-09-17 | Since 1 Month
He turned 100, raised nearly 40 million pounds for Britain’s health service and was knighted by the queen. But for Captain Tom Moore, the achievements of 2020 aren’t over: he has written an autobiography and plans more charity work.
The World War Two veteran became a national hero for a fundraising campaign that involved him walking the length of his garden 100 times, turning him into a symbol of hope as the country struggled to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
“I hope I can go on for a long time, because I’ve got to hang on a bit until this book gets published probably,” Moore, who now has the title “Sir”, told Reuters.
“The family at different times say: ‘You can’t die yet, you’ve got to get all these different things done,’ so I can’t die yet. When this book is finally gone out into the world may be I can then, but that’s not my intention.”
Moore, who turned 100 in April, was referring to his autobiography, “Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day”, which describes his upbringing in northern England, passion for motorbikes, relationships, service in the war and late brush with celebrity.
Its title sums up Moore’s optimism, which struck a chord at a time when deaths from COVID-19 were mounting and Britain, like most other countries, went into strict lockdown to contain the disease.
His daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, is helping him launch the Captain Tom Foundation, which aims to raise money to give to charities tackling issues including loneliness, bereavement, education and equality.
In his wife’s final weeks, he would visit her in a home every day and was struck by how lonely some people there were.
“He saw and we witnessed this loneliness in its truly tragic form, so ... we are representing her and all those lonely people,” Ingram-Moore said.
She described how Moore’s global fame impacted the family; he has received 150,000 letters from well-wishers and 7,500 presents, and they continue to arrive.
Asked about what the future held for her father, she replied: “Well, the world’s his oyster isn’t it? Anything could happen. There’s talk of a film, of course he’s written a children’s book ... keep watching, it could be anything.”