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Inspired… by Captain Sir Tom

It seemed appropriate, on the 11th day of the 11th month, for Leicester Novus to hold a meeting focussing on an inspirational World War II veteran.

So members logged on to Zoom and watched a Rotary video made in July 2020 just months before he passed away in February this year aged 100.

Sadly, at the time it was made, Sir Tom was not well enough to take part, although it did include an interview with Dave King, Editor of Rotary Most of the video, which you can watch by clicking on the first link above, features Dave and Rotary International Director Nicki Scott interviewing Sir Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore.

Hannah explained how her father decided he would use his walking frame to walk around the family’s garden in the hope of raising £1,000 for the NHS, whose staff were beginning to struggle with the demands that the COVID pandemic was imposing on them and how he eventually raised £38.9 million. Amazingly, contributions came from no fewer than 163 of the world’s 195 countries.

Hannah outlined how she, her husband and their young son and daughter learned how to cope with requests from the world’s media. She said that the children had talked to just almost every major celebrity and looked down the lenses of all the world’s media. “There is more good than there is bad,” and “This is about passing out positivity,” were the constant refrains from Hannah.

At the end of the hour-long video interview, she was asked by Nicki Scott for three points to take away from the experience.

She responded with “Resilience… look deep inside yourself. Recognise… multi-generational talent. Purpose in life is everything.”

Novus members spent some time discussing what an inspirational figure former Rotarian Captain Sir Tom Moore had been — and how impressive Hannah and her entire family had been.

Last edited: 22:30 on Friday, 12/11/2021