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"Beacon of hope": Captain Sir Thomas Moore's daughter speaks out

"Beacon of hope": Captain Sir Thomas Moore's daughter speaks out

The daughter of Sir Captain Thomas Moore has spoken out about her father and how he was a "beacon of hope" to many.

Hannah Ingram-Moore said that it has been "really difficult" since the death of her father, who passed away from COVID-19 on the 2nd of February.

"I mean what a journey we've been on and what a beacon of hope and light he has been to the world," she told show hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. "We miss him terribly but we know his legacy lives on."

Sir Thomas shot to worldwide fame after raising more than $42 million for health services and charities in the UK and was even knighted by the Queen for his efforts.

Piers spoke about being contacted by Sir Tom on Twitter.

"It really touched me as it touched everybody in the country," Morgan continued.

"Did you ever imagine Hannah that you'd end up with your dad not just raising nearly £40million for the NHS but also being knighted having a number one pop record, being a GQ cover star, a man of the year, winning a Pride of Britain award... I mean he achieved more in nine months than most people do in their entire lifetime."

Hannah described the experience as "almost indescribable".

"We were just an ordinary family, just like everybody else. But yes, we sat here thinking what can we do to help fight the pandemic in those very early days, raise a thousand pounds? And that was it, there was nothing more to it."

She also mentioned that her father left specific instructions for his funeral.

"He was very clear he wanted us to eat Victoria sponge cake and sandwiches afterwards," she said, adding that he wants his tombstone to read: "I told you I was old."

She laughed when explaining the tombstone.

Hannah also asked the British public that even though many will want to pay their respects, they are asking people to stay away due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo credits: Good Morning Britain