Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral will take place this Saturday – Metro

Captain Sir Tom Moore's funeral date confirmed as fans asked to stay at home

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family asked his fans to pay their respects at home (Picture: Getty)

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral will take place close to his family home in Bedfordshire this Saturday.

The 100-year-old Second World War veteran passed away on February 2 after suffering from pneumonia and Covid-19.

His daughters Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore released a statement today calling on the public to pay their respects at home.

They said the funeral will be a ‘small’ service, like so many other grieving families affected by the pandemic.

‘Over the past year our father spoke openly about his death and his funeral, and had wondered out-loud if perhaps the interest in him over the last 12 months would mean we would need to have more Victoria Sponge cakes available for the extra guests,’ they said.

‘Sadly, like so many other families affected by the pandemic, we have no choice but to hold a small family funeral, which will take place this Saturday. Whilst we understand so many people wish to pay their respects to our father, we ask that the public and the press continue to support the NHS by staying at home.

‘We have been contacted by so many people asking what they can do to honour our father, so we have set up an online book of condolence. People can also donate The Captain Tom Foundation, plant a tree in his memory or donate to a charity of your choice. 

‘In the last few months of his life, our father had spent many enjoyable hours writing a book he chose to call Captain Tom’s Life Lessons, which he planned to release just before his 101st birthday. Sadly, he’ll never get to share this with you personally.

Captain Sir Tom Moore

The war hero will be laid to rest on Saturday during a ‘small’ family service (Picture: PA)

‘The final chapter is so poignant and reading it brings us so much comfort and warmth, so we share the last chapter now as a thank you, from our father Tom and us as a family, for the love and kindness The Nation and the world have shown him.’

Sir Tom captured the hearts of the nation during the first lockdown when he walked 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday, raising more than £32 million for the NHS.

Speaking on BBC breakfast, Ms Ingram-Moore said the family ‘believed he’d come back out’ of hospital.

‘We thought the oxygen would help, that he would be robust enough, (but) the truth is he just wasn’t. He was old and he just couldn’t fight it,’ she said.

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A woman jogs past a Captain Tom Moore mural

Captain Sir Tom raised more than £32 million for the NHS (Picture: Reuters)

She added that her father also remained confident he’d pull through and was excited to come home for steak and chips.

‘I said to him in the last few days, “so, what do you want to eat when you come home?”, and we decided it was steak and chips,’ she said.

‘He was really excited about coming out for steak and chips and getting his frame back outside and his walker.

‘The last real conversation was positive and about carrying on, and that’s a lovely place to be.’

Before he died Sir Tom got to tick a holiday in the Caribbean off his bucket list when the family travelled to Barbados just before Christmas.

Ms Ingram-Moore said her father had an ‘amazing’ time soaking up the sun, reading and relaxing.

‘He sat in 29 degrees outside, he read two novels, he read the newspapers every day, and we sat and we talked as a family, we went to restaurants (because we could there) and he ate fish on the beach and what a wonderful thing to do,’ she said.

‘I think we were all so pleased we managed to give him that.’

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