Captain Sir Tom’s family shared ‘funny stories’ before death in ‘special time’

Details of Captain Sir Tom Moore's final moments with his family have been shared by his daughter.

NHS fundraising legend Captain Tom died on Tuesday, February 2, after being admitted to hospital after he tested positive for coronavirus.

He heroically raised more than £32million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his back garden ahead of his 100th birthday.

Sir Tom had initially set out to raise just £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, “for the sake of the nurses and the NHS we have, because they are doing such a magnificent job”.

But the national hero passed away after receiving treatment for pneumonia and later testing positive for Covid-19.

He spent his final few hours in a bed in Bedford Hospital talking to his two daughters, Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore.

His daughters have previously said they "shared laughter and tears" with their dad in their final few hours together, but more details have now emerged.

The family shared stories with Sir Tom, and were able to play messages from his grandchildren which he was able to acknowledge.

Speaking of those final few moments with her beloved dad, Sir Tom's daughter Lucy described it as "a really special time".

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His eldest daughter Lucy told ITV News: "When we knew that his life was coming to an end, my sister and I liaised and I was able to see him in his last hours and I am very grateful for that.

"He was Covid-19 positive so I didn't attend so I saw him through Facetime.

"We told him funny stories, I showed him some photos. My sister played him video messages from my sons which he acknowledged.

"It was a really special time. He was able to nod."

She also said: "He leaves us with a really strong powerful message – 'tomorrow is a good day'. Those words represent his whole life to me.

"He has shown resilience, courage, and I have seen him do that all his life. And his grandchildren have seen him through the adversities in his life and that has made a huge difference to who they are."

Captain Sir Tom Moore also left a poignant final message shortly before he died with coronavirus.

The World War Two veteran told his fans: “You can do and be anything you want to be.”

The touching message, to his 127,000 Instagram followers, was also captioned: “Be positive and believe in yourself.”

Ms Teixeira said she and her sister Hannah Ingram-Moore are planning a quiet send-off for their father to celebrate his life.

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