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Captain Tom Moore’s daughter fights back tears during first live interview since father’s death

Sir Captain Tom Moore’s daughter struggled to fight back tears while talking about the loss of her father on Good Morning Britain.

During today’s episode of the ITV show, an emotional Hannah Ingram-Moore spoke to hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid of Captain Tom’s legacy.

In her first live interview since his death, Hannah said: “It is really difficult, we have lost a fifth of our family and it’s really hard to say it. It makes me feel very emotional just to say it.

“What an extraordinary man. I do want to say thank you Piers and Susanna and everyone who is watching for the incredible support you gave the family over the past year.”

Watch the clip above to see what she said in full



She continued: “What a journey we’ve been on and what a beacon of hope and light he became to the world. We miss him terribly, but we know that his legacy lives on.”

When speaking about how much the NHS hero and war veteran achieved over the last nine months, including his knighthood and chart success, Hannah said it’s “almost indescribable”.

“We’re just an ordinary family, just like everyone else.” She added. “We sat here thinking, what can we do to fight the pandemic in those very early days, raise a thousand pounds? And that was it.

“There was nothing more to it… somehow that story, it piqued interest and touched people’s hearts.

“All we did as a family was hang on. We were no experts. We had no experience. Within 10 days we had 1.5 million emails and the world’s press were at the gate. All that we tried to do was lock together the five of us and do the best that we could.

“What an incredible journey. We never planned, we never imagined any of this.”

In a statement, Sir Tom’s family said they would hold a “small family funeral” and urged supporters to pay their respects privately at home.

Of his funeral on Saturday, Hannah said: “We were really close, we talked about everything. Of course he was older, the concept of talking about his death was a real one.

“His wishes were really clear, he said he would like to be cremated, he would like his ashes to be taken up to the family grave in Yorkshire.

“He was also very prescriptive about the songs that he wanted to be played and that he wanted us to have Victoria sponge cake and sandwiches afterwards and he was very pleased he wouldn’t be having to make them.”

When asked by Piers and Susanna if it is true that he wants ‘Told you I was old’ on his tombstone, Hannah laughed and told viewers it was indeed true.

She went on to say: “He had a sense of humour, that humour runs in the family. He said he just wanted people to look and not be sad, and give us a bit of joy.”

Capt Sir Tom raised £33m for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday.

He sadly died on Tuesday, February 2, after being admitted to hospital having tested positive for coronavirus.

People across the UK clapped for him in a national doorstep tribute on Wednesday, February 3.

On what she’ll miss most about him, Hannah said: “What is there not to miss? It’s really hard to describe to you. I open the cupboards and his things are in it. I’m doing the shopping and not putting his things on it. We’ll miss the noise, we’re missing a fifth.

“He would be outside, obviously not latterly, but he’d be out with the dogs, in his shed, he would be out in his car, he was just one whole solid fifth of our family. We miss everything, the noise and now it’s just the silence, even the dog, he’s plodding around. The big one [dog] is pacing.

“We all feel incredible loss. But we don’t feel like we own that grief, that grief is everybody’s grief, many people have lost someone.”

She added: “And we want people to know we know that they’re grieving with us and that this is not our personal loss, but of course, from a family perspective it’s really, really hard. But we know he was so proud of the legacy he left behind, so we’re really proud of that and that’s our hope for the future.”

The Captain Tom Foundation, established earlier this year, aims to continue his legacy.



Captain Sir Thomas Moore poses with his family after being awarded with the insignia of Knight Bachelor by the Queen

“I just can’t tell you how thrilled, how proud he was to feel his legacy could give hope to other people, to inspire hope where it was needed most.” Hannah said.

“And he really believed it. Those conversations we were having right to the end he said he would be back out and he would be fundraising and I don’t think he could quite believe that one person could have had so much impact.

“But he was so happy that if just his voice could support other people, he could really rest easily.”

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