Captain Sir Tom Moore worried there ‘wouldn’t be enough cake at his funeral’
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family will hold a small military funeral for the national hero – and have urged the public to pay their respects at home.
The World War II veteran passed away on February 2 after being diagnosed with Covid.
Sir Tom spent his final hours with his family at his bedside, sharing “laughter and tears” together at Bedford Hospital.
He made headlines in 2020 for his Guinness World Record-breaking charity efforts for the NHS.
His daughters Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore have since confirmed details of his funeral.
They said in a statement: "Over the past year our father spoke openly about his death and his funeral, and had wondered out loud if perhaps the interest in him over the last 12 months would mean we would need to have more Victoria sponge cakes available for the extra guests.
"Sadly, like so many other families affected by the pandemic, we have no choice but to hold a small family funeral, which will take place this Saturday.
“Whilst we understand so many people wish to pay their respects to our father, we ask that the public and the press continue to support the NHS by staying at home.
"We have been contacted by so many people asking what they can do to honour our father, so we have set up an online book of condolence. People can also donate to The Captain Tom Foundation, plant a tree in his memory or donate to a charity of your choice."
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In his last few months, their dad started writing a book called Captain Tom's Life Lessons, which he planned to release just before his 101st birthday.
Hannah and Lucy shared a "poignant" section from the final chapter, with Sir Tom thinking about his own funeral.
Part of it read: "Previously, my funeral would have made one little line in the local newspaper and been attended by only a handful of people, but I expect there'll be a few more now.
"Someone will have to make extra cake and sandwiches, and it won't be me.
"I want the service to end with My Way by Frank Sinatra, because I always did things my way and especially like the line about having too few regrets to mention.
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"It's odd and rather touching to think that people might weep over my passing – strangers I've never even met.
"If I can, I'd like to watch my own funeral from a distance.
"That would be quite the joke as I looked down and chuckled at everyone making a lot of fuss over me."
Sir Tom was initially admitted to hospital on January 12, where he received a pneumonia diagnosis.
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Hannah announced her father’s positive coronavirus test result on January 31, stating that he had been moved back to hospital as he needed "additional help with his breathing."
Due to his pneumonia, Sir Tom was unable to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
He set out to raise £1,000 for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April 2020.
Donations for the World War II veteran soon flooded in, and he ended up raising more than £33 million.
In acknowledgement of his efforts,Sir Tom was knighted by the Queenduring a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in Jule 2020.
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