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Captain Sir Tom Moore ‘stands for all of us’ – Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury said he is praying for Captain Sir Tom Moore as the veteran was joined in hospital by his family.

The 100-year-old charity fundraiser was taken to hospital on Sunday, after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for coronavirus the week before last.

Bedford Hospital said on Monday that Captain Sir Tom had been joined by members of his family.

The Most Rev Justin Welby described Captain Sir Tom as “a gift”, telling ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I think one of Sir Tom’s extraordinary achievements is to stand for all of us in the most remarkable way – in his courage, in the way he supported the NHS and raised so much money, and now to stand for all of us in this battle against Covid, he stands for every patient.

“In praying for him, we pray for everybody. And for his family who love him and care for him, not because he’s Sir Tom Moore but because he’s just their beloved father, grandfather, cousin, whatever it is.

“And so he stands for all of us in a remarkable way, and he’s been such a gift and so we carry on praying for him.”

Mr Welby added: “I think he comes from a generation that knew what real and complete suffering for the whole nation in a unique way was in war.

“And as a result he’s someone who has that determination. I have seen it in others of his generation, including my father-in-law who’s similar, and who demonstrated their constant positivity and their constant hope.

“And I think that comes from their experience, and this is a trial of our resilience and our capacity to rise above it.”

A statement, released on Monday evening with the agreement of Capt Sir Tom’s daughters, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, said: “Bedford Hospital continues to care for Captain Sir Tom Moore.

“At this time members of Captain Tom’s family are with him.

“We respectfully request that media give the family space and privacy and do not contact them directly so they can focus on their father, grandfather and father-in-law.”


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