Captain Sir Tom Moore’s selfless final act has been revealed by his family.
The war veteran, who died in February at the age of 100, expressed his final wishes in a six-page document in June 2020.
In April 2020, the then 99-year-old Captain Tom went viral when he decided to walk 100 lengths of his garden to raise £1,000 for health service charities.
“One small soul like me won’t make much difference,” he famously said in his first TV interview, as per the BBC.
However, he couldn’t have been more mistaken.
By the time he closed his fundraising page at midnight on his 100th birthday, Captain Tom had raised more than £32m for NHS charities from more than one-and-a-half-million global donors.
For those trapped at home during the first national lockdown, Captain Tom quickly became a symbol of hope, resilience and national unity, too.
But that was just the beginning – Captain Tom was catapulted into global stardom, with a knighthood, a personal message from the Queen, and an RAF flypast to mark his 100th birthday soon following.
He even became the oldest person ever to score a number one single in the UK, when he and Michael Ball sang a cover of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ which raised even more money for the NHS.
So, of course, the country was devastated when Captain Tom’s daughters announced his death on February 2nd.
Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said they ‘shared laughter and tears’ with their father in their final few hours together before adding that the last year of their father’s life had been ‘nothing short of remarkable’.
And now, nearly four months on, the details of his will have been revealed.
Official probate papers showed that he left his £73,000 estate to his daughters and, in a final selfless act, donated his body to medical research or organ transplants, according to reports.
Rest in peace, Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Mum praises hero lorry driver who prevented her son jumping from M62 motorway bridge
The woman revealed how her son was ‘his normal self’ hours before the incident unfolded
The mother of the young man pictured sitting on the railings of a bridge over the M62 last week has praised the actions of the heroic lorry driver who parked his vehicle below in a bid to prevent him from jumping.
A distressing image of the young man went viral last week after being shared by Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds, a community that provides help and assistance to those struggling with mental health issues and homelessness.
The organisation wrote alongside the image: “This is a picture from the M62 Motorway Bridge – a passerby has posted it to raise awareness of the situation at hand.
“What people don’t understand is that to jump on the other side of any bridge indicates something drastically wrong with their mental health.
“What a trucker – stopping on the hard shoulder and leaving his truck there – to ensure when he did jump – it wasn’t a longer distance to the floor.”
And now, after the picture went viral, the man’s mum, who wants to remain anonymous but is said to be from Manchester, has spoken out and has praised the quick thinking of the unidentified lorry driver on that fateful day.
She explained that she didn’t realise it was even her son until she saw the image circulating on social media, telling Yorkshire Live: “I kept looking at it and I thought, ‘I’m sure that is my son.’
“The picture got sent to me and it was circulated around and I could tell it was him by the way he was sat and the clothes he had on.”
She went on to explain that she had seen him earlier that day and that ‘he was his normal self.’
She added: “Looking back, all I can think to myself is, ‘oh my God, that could’ve been the last I saw him. Before he left, he turned round to me and said, ‘see you mum, I love you’ and I said it back but that could’ve been the last time.”
Speaking of the lorry driver who parked under the bride, the woman said: “He saved his life.
“At the moment, my son has a lot of problems. He has a lot of worries and I’m just grateful that the driver’s stopped him from doing that and I can’t express how grateful that he did stop.”
She concluded by revealing that her son visited a doctor shortly after the incident and is now receiving help.
If you or anyone you know has been suffering with mental health issues, you can call the Samaritans at 116 123, or CALM at 0800 58 58 58. Alternatively, you can find local mental health services and more info here.
Manchester Cathedral launches a new ‘listening post’ to tackle stigma around mental health and loneliness
What an amazing idea
Manchester Cathedral has launched a new initiative that aims to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and loneliness.
‘The Listening Post’ has been erected in its gardens, with members of the cathedral waiting to listen to those wanting to either talk, vent, offload their problems, or all three.
The cathedral announced the new initiative on Facebook this morning, writing: “Today we’ve launched #TheListeningPost. Throughout the summer, depending on the weather and availability, there’ll be someone to have a chat with outside Manchester Cathedral.
“Hours will vary but the warm welcome and compassionate listening won’t.”
The post was quick to garner a reaction online, with many social media users applauding the cathedral for the touching idea.
One Facebook user wrote: “Fabulous idea – get all churches to do it.”
Another noted: “What a fantastic idea, I may be popping along.”
Though this isn’t the first time Manchester Cathedral has made an effort to raise awareness for mental health amongst the community – once a year, they host the Manchester Sleepout, a giant sleepover to share the reality of homelessness in the city and to offer a glimpse into rough sleeping.
They also hosted an interfaith service to mark World Mental Health Day in October last year.
Describing the event, they wrote on their website: “The World Mental Health Day Interfaith Service was born out a simple vision – for faith communities to collaborate with health and social agencies, to address the mental health inequalities that we increasingly recognise in our midst and in doing so to build a stronger society.”
Manchester Cathedral can be found on Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX.
There’s a new Looney Tunes street art trail with 11 characters hidden across Manchester
There are eleven fun new instalments hidden across the city
Have you noticed an abundance of nostalgic Looney Tunes characters popping up around Manchester these last few weeks?
Well, it turns out that Warner Bros is behind the mayhem with their brand new cartoon trail.
Eleven beloved characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tasmanian Devil have been installed by renowned street artist Captain Kris, and will be on display until the end of July.
Both Mancs and visitors to the city have been loving the colourful new instalments, with social media simply teeming with photos from people who have stumbled across their favourite characters under the hashtag #looneytunesxmanchester.
The trail covers eleven different locations from the Northern Quarter to Spinningfields, Market Street to the Gay Village, Deansgate to Oxford Road, and the Printworks to Primark.
The perfect day out for families and keen street art photographers alike!
On the fun new instalments around the city, Warner Bros said: “Appealing to both families and nostalgic hunting adults alike, the mischievous artwork will see Daffy Duck waiting for a tram at Exchange Square and Speedy Gonzalez sprinting through Spinningfields.
“Bugs Bunny is bursting out of Primark, Porky Pig is popping a pipe at Pen and Pencil, Wile E. Coyote chasing Road Runner around Circle Square, and the Looney Tunes gang is skateboarding through Deansgate Square.”
The artwork has come just before the release of Warner Bros’ second Space Jam film, Space Jam: A New Legacy, which will be released in cinemas across the UK on July 16th.
To stay up to date with the latest adventures of the Looney Tunes gang and for more fun animations and instalments, you can follow their Instagram account here.