You can sign an online book of condolence for Captain Sir Tom Moore

Virgin Radio

27 Feb 2021, 10:03

The funeral for Captain Sir Tom Moore is being held today, and an online book of condolence has been set up for supporters to pay tribute to him.

The book was opened yesterday and within no time at all, it was flooded with heartfelt messages of support for his family. The book is titled 'A celebration of the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore’

If you would like to leave a message, the book can be found online here. 

The 100-year-old Second World War veteran died in hospital on February 2 after contracting pneumonia and Covid-19.

He became a national hero due to his fundraising efforts last year, walking laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS.

His family have encouraged people to pay their respects at home, and a small service is taking place in Berkshire today.

On the Captain's official Twitter, they posted: "Many of you have asked what you can do to honour Captain Tom. Having received so many wonderful messages and pictures we have set up an online book of condolence for you to leave your tributes and celebrate Captain Tom’s remarkable life.’

The veteran's family revealed trees will also be planted in his memory.

They have selected environmental charities, the UK’s Woodland Trust and TreeSisters, to grow his ‘legacy forest’ on their behalf.

The Trees for Tom project will eventually lead to woodland in Yorkshire and reforestation in a part of India.

Both of these places are close to Sir Tom’s heart.

Lucy said: ‘Dad was happiest outdoors, walking in all seasons, pottering in the garden, and listening to the birds. He loved wildlife and watching nature programmes. And like every grandparent, he was concerned about what the future holds for his four grandchildren and the negative impact we are having on our planet.'

Planting a tree is a small but significant gesture that can collectively make a big difference and create a lasting, living legacy. ‘Among the many initiatives both charities have planned, I am hoping we can grow a wood in Dad’s native Yorkshire and help reforest a part of India – both places dear to his heart. ‘I can’t think of anything better and I know Dad would be delighted that his hope for a brighter tomorrow was being honoured in this way.’