The Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) have marked the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

World War II veteran Captain Sir Tom has raised almost £39m for NHS charities during the coronavirus lockdown but sadly passed away on Tuesday (2 February).

Mr Philip Rainger, Chair of the RBL, has laid a wreath at the Ashington War Memorial to recognise Captain Sir Tom’s efforts that have inspired so many people.     

Captain Sir Tom’s fundraising efforts during the lockdown raised £38.9m for NHS charities after his pledge to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. The effort captured the imagination of people from around the world.

In a statement, his daughters, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, said ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore. The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.’

Sir Tom had been treated for pneumonia for some time but tested positive for Covid-19 last week. Following his death tributes have also been paid by the Queen, Prime Minister and Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party. The NHS has also tweeted ‘Thanks for everything Sir Tom.’

In the photograph is Mr Philip Rainger laying the wreath at the Ashington War Memorial. Philip adds ‘We have lost a true hero and a fantastic and unassuming World War II veteran. The Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion believed it was right that we should mark Captain Sir Tom’s passing by placing a wreath at the War Memorial in recognition of his outstanding efforts.’