His sweet smile and cheery waves as he gently paraded around his garden with his trusty walker showed the whole country the warmth – and strength of character – of Captain Sir Tom Moore. After his death this week at the age of 100, the hero who spurred the country on in its darkest moments as he raised tens of millions for our NHS has been hailed as the ultimate Pride of Britain. Carol Vorderman, who has hosted the awards since they began two decades ago, paid an emotional personal tribute to the Second World War veteran. "Captain Tom was the ultimate Pride of Britain winner," she says. "He was the epitome of selfless grace." The ex-Countdown presenter honoured Captain Tom, who raised £33million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden, with a Pride of Britain award live on TV in April last year. Viewers were moved as he called it a "magical moment" yet she recalls Captain Tom was even nicer behind the scenes. Carol says: "We brought along children he had inspired to fundraise. We thought he would come out, ask their names and ages, and have a little chat. But he did much more… Read full this story
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