Prime Minister announces 'national clap' tonight in tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore

The Prime Minister will join in with a “national clap” on Wednesday evening to honour the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore, Downing Street has announced.

Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100, raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden during lockdown in 2020.

He died yesterday (Feburary 2) in Bedforshire Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Captain Sir Tom Moore dedicated his life to serving others, and encouraged people to join in a “national clap” in memory of him.Mr Johnson told the Commons: “We all now have the opportunity to show our appreciation for him and all that he stood for and believed in.“That is why I encourage everyone to join in a national clap for Captain Tom and all those health workers for whom he raised money at 6pm this evening.”

Captain Sir Tom Moore at home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire (Getty Images)

This comes after the House of Commons observed a minute’s silence in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore and others who have lost their lives as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The silence in the Commons took place at noon today (February 3).

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said of Sir Tom: “His dignity and determination in raising money to support the NHS charities caught the nation’s mood at the most difficult time.

“He exemplified the best of our values.”

Sheffield City Council flew the Union Flag at half mast on the town hall in tribute to Captain Sir Tom today.