Members of the public are being encouraged to clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore and health and care workers at 18:00 (GMT) on Wednesday evening.
Captain Sir Tom died in hospital on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19 days earlier. The 100-year-old truly captured the hearts of the nation during the first Coronavirus lockdown in the UK last year, raising over £32 million for NHS Charities Together by walking laps of his garden.
The army veteran was unable to be vaccinated against Coronavirus, due to receiving medication for pneumonia.
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday lunchtime, Boris Johnson said: “I encourage everyone to join in a national clap for Captain Tom and all those health workers for whom he raised money at 18:00 GMT this evening.” The message has also been supported by other politicians, including the Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer.
A post on Twitter on behalf of the Captain’s family read “Captain Tom’s family are incredibly touched by the public’s suggestion of #ClapForTom this evening at 6pm. They will be taking part with huge love in their hearts for their father, grandfather and father-in-law”.
Ahead of PMQs, a minutes silence was held to remember Captain Sir Tom and all those that have lost their lives to COVID-19. A minute’s applause has also been observed at a number of sporting events following the Captain’s death.
Last year, a weekly applause was held across the country for key workers over 10 weeks during the UK’s first lockdown.