Captain Sir Tom Moore's family join national clap for NHS fundraising hero

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The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore have taken part in a national clap this evening in memory of the NHS fundraising hero.

Relatives, including his daughter Hannah, were pictured applauding outside their home in the Bedfordshire village of Marston Moretaine.

His loved ones said they were "incredibly touched" by the national gesture.

People across the UK showed their appreciation for the Second World War veteran, who inspired the country in lockdown by raising tens of millions of pounds for the NHS.

He died aged 100 on Tuesday morning after contracting COVID-19.

The prime minister and his wife Carrie Symonds clapped on the steps of Downing Street to honour the work of the centenarian.

A minute's silence earlier took place in the House of Commons before Prime Minister's Questions at noon to honour him and all victims of the pandemic.

Mr Johnson praised Captain Sir Tom's fundraising efforts and said his was a "life well lived" and that he "inspired the very best in us all".

The centenarian's death has prompted reaction from around the world, after he raised more than £32m for the NHS during the UK's first national lockdown.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock described Capt Sir Tom as an "inspiration" and said his contribution will be formally marked.

"I will ensure we mark his contribution properly and appropriately at the right moment," he told BBC Breakfast.

Asked whether a statue might be built to honour his legacy, Mr Hancock told LBC: "Yes, I do think that we should find a way, at the right time, to honour the contribution that he made to the NHS and he was an inspiration to so many people."

Capt Sir Tom planned to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his garden with his walking frame before his 100th birthday last April - but his efforts quickly struck a chord with the nation and donations flooded in.

He became a national treasure and a household name as a result of the fundraising - and was subsequently knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle last July.

Charities have vowed that his legacy will live on "for years and years".

His family said the last year of his life was "nothing short of remarkable", and that he had "experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of".

The Captain Tom Foundation, which was set up to support causes close to Capt Sir Tom's heart, said its work would "aspire to ensure Tom's message of hope becomes an enduring legacy".