By Jill Dando News
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s daughter says she hopes to start a fundraising day in his honour, to give a voice to older people.
Hannah Ingram-Moore, 49, said the first Captain Tom Day could be held in June.
Capt Sir Tom raised £33m for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday and became a national hero.
But the Army veteran had told his daughter he felt “invisible” after the death of his wife in 2006, and before he moved in with her and her family at their Marston Moretaine home in Bedfordshire a year later.
“He tried to get a job at 86 and people laughed at him,” said Ms Ingram-Moore.
“He said to me ‘I’d started to feel invisible and you’ve given me my visibility back because now people don’t look through me, they look at me and I feel needed and I have purpose and I’m wanted’.”
She said Captain Tom Day would “celebrate and empower our ageing population”.
Ms Ingram-Moore said it would replicate fundraisers such as Children In Need or Comic Relief, “but for our ageing population and for connecting those younger people with older people”.
The late fundraiser’s family are in talks with national charities about a commemorative day that will also help the elderly.
She also wants to launch a Captain Tom Award for Innovation.
“We want to celebrate and empower our ageing population while connecting the generations,” said Ms Ingram-Moore.
“I feel like we’re starting a revolution that will allow our growing older generation to feel seen and heard and valued in a way that I don’t think we do right now.”
Tom’s family recently launched One Hundred Reasons to Hope – a book featuring stories of triumph, perseverance and positivity.
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