Today marks the day when Captain Tom Moore became Captain Sir Tom Moore after he raised over £30m for the NHS at a time when the country was bunkered down during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sir Tom Moore was born in Keighley on 30th April 1920 and grew up in the town. His mother was a school teacher and his father was a builder.
Captain Sir Thomas Moore served in India, the Burma Campaign and Sumatra during the Second World War and he later became an instructor in armoured warfare.
After the war, his grit and determination helped him to set up a successful concrete business.
Fast forward to 2020, and as some people were climbing over themselves to deplete the supermarket shelves of pasta and toilet paper, Sir Tom Moore was figuring out a way of helping the truly remarkable men and women of the NHS.
As NHS staff, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and EMTs were finishing their life-saving shifts, only to be met with empty shelves by the time they got to the supermarkets, Sir Tom was dedicating his time to helping the men and women who were saving peoples lives.
So Sir Tom took to his feet and aided by his trusty walker, he decided to do a charity walk for the men and women of the NHS.
He initially thought that he would raise just a few thousand pounds.
But as people, from all around the world, heard about what he was doing and who he was doing it for, that ‘few thousand pounds’ turned into £32.79 million.
Sir Tom Moore has reminded humanity about how important it is to keep yourself motivated when everything around you has gone to pot.
He has also reminded us why we should never give up on our goals and why we should also remain determined and resolute during these times of national emergency.
Sir Tom Moore represents a generation of men and women who, in the face of adversity and hardship, did not give up and never took things for granted.
But when you look around now and read stories of violence, discrimination and hatred, it makes you wonder what humanity is going to do when there are no longer people like Sir Tom Moore around.
My grandad is going to be 101 in August. I have never heard him moan or complain.
But when we look on social media now, as an example, we are flooded with an on-going torrent of whinging, hatred and general complaining.
I can relate much more to Sir Tom’s generation than I can to my own.
I just wish that there were more people like Sir Tom and my grandad around, to guide us and to teach us the meaning of true, honest leadership.
On his website, Sir Tom’s message is: ‘Let’s make tomorrow a good day for people‘. I think we all need to take a leaf out of Sir Tom’s book.
Talking of books, I don’t have the time nowadays to read many of them.
Sir Tom; I salute you and everything you stand for. You have reminded us that we should never give up.
Image credit: Emma Sohl