How South Tyneside would like to see Captain Sir Tom Moore remembered

Gazette readers have shared their ideas on how Captain Sir Tom Moore's contribution to the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic should be formally recognised.

Captain Sir Tom, who was 100, died on Tuesday, February 2 after testing positive for Covid-19.

Since then, there have been calls for a lasting public memorial to the war veteran, who raised more than £32million for the NHS in the run-up to this 100th birthday during the first lockdown.

A national applause in his name took place on Wednesday, February 3.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have both shown support for a lasting tribute to the centenarian, whose fundraising touched hearts across the nation.

Ideas from Gazette readers include a memorial statue, a hospital or an annual celebratory day in his name.

Here are some of your suggestions from the Shields Gazette Facebook page on how you think Captain Sir Tom’s legacy should be permanently marked:

Captain Tom Moore pictured in April 2020 after completing a fundraising challenge for NHS Charities Together. Picture Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images.

Carolyn Tovey: A memorial statue for Captain Sir Tom and all those who have died of Covid in the UK situated in the National Arboretum and a day on the calendar set to remember them and to fundraise for the foundation set up in Captain Sir Tom Moore’s name. He deserves nothing less!”

Kay Foreman: "A hospital named after him.”

David Thompson: "How about naming a hospital ward or a health centre after him?”

Leanne Hamilton: "Sir Tom Moore Day.”

Carl Stewart: "A statue in Trafalgar Square.”

Carly Wilson-Palmer: "A properly-funded NHS and pay rises for nurses.”

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