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UK lockdown hero Capt Sir Tom's funeral to take place on Saturday

His family have organised a small funeral in line with Covid-19 restrictions

The funeral of Capt Sir Tom Moore, the Second World War veteran who raised millions of pounds for Britain's health service during the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place on Saturday, his daughters said.

Moore, who was 100, died on February 2 after he contracted Covid-19.

He was challenged to walk 100 laps of his garden in the lead-up to his landmark birthday to raise a modest £1,000.

By the time he finished on April 16 2020, he was being willed on by millions in Britain and beyond, and the total raised was heading towards £38.9 million ($53 million).

Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his efforts.

The White House said after his death he had "inspired millions through his life and his actions".

His family said it would be a small family funeral as required by Covid-19 restrictions.

An online condolence book had been set up to honour Moore, they said, and people could also donate to The Captain Tom Foundation, plant a tree or donate to another charity.

Moore's daughters Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore said they had decided to publish the final chapter of a book their father had been writing before his death called Captain Tom's Life Lessons.

"My advice would be not to assume that you'll live as long as me and don't put anything really important off, because tomorrow could be your last," he wrote.

"Forgiveness is a good place to start because it isn’t healthy to keep carrying bitterness in your heart."

He said he wanted Frank Sinatra's My Way to be played at his funeral, because that is how he lived his life.

Comedian Spike Milligan's self-penned epitaph "I told you I was ill" had always made him laugh, he said.

Moore said he wanted: "I told you I was old."

Updated: February 23, 2021 01:47 AM

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