I'm late in posting this about such an inspirational man Captain Sir Tom Moore.
When I heard the news, I knew it would have been inevitable. When we first heard of Tom Moore, it was just at the outset of coronavirus. Walking 100 laps of his garden to raise £1,000 for the NHS and celebrate his 100th Birthday.
Not only did he complete his challenge, but he caught the imagination of the entire Nation. £39m later (including the giftaid), Tom Moore embodied what it is to be British, the determination and guts to do something to help someone, even if it inconveniences us.
So with all that in mind, I grew up to call a person Aunt or Uncle when my parents or the wider family held someone in regard.
I'm 50 now, so I guess those rules don't apply, yet there is something of that deep sincere respect I have for Tom Moore, that just wants me to remember him as the 'Uncle' I never met and as a person of great encouragement, humility and character, that I would love to example in my own life as time goes on.
I hope the government give him a good send-off, there's talk of a statue.
You can give to the foundation that was setup last year in his name www.captaintom.org
So 'Uncle' Tom, thank you, you are such an example to us all, see you on the other side....