Landmarks across Sunderland will be lit up tonight in honour of national hero, Captain Sir Tom Moore following his death with Covid-19 yesterday.
Captain Sir Tom set out in April to raise £1,000 for health service charities by walking 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday and went on to raise a staggering £32m after his heroic efforts resonated with people across the world. He was awarded a knighthood from the Queen last summer in recognition of his incredible achievement.
The National Trust owned Penshaw Monument, Hylton Castle and Sunderland City Council’s Northern Spire bridge, Fulwell Mill, the White lighthouse at Seaburn, Keel Square and High Street West and The Beacon of Light will all be lit blue from dusk tonight. The flag at Sunderland Civic Centre also flying at half-mast.
Councillor Cllr Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Captain Sir Tom’s heroic efforts to raise money for our NHS at its time of greatest need captured the hearts of the nation and it’s only right that we should honour him in this way.
“The quiet dignity and determination he showed in his drive to reach his £1,000 goal touched people the world over, helping him far exceed his original target and raise a staggering £32m for NHS charities.
“He was a truly inspirational figure and I know the people of Sunderland people will join me in mourning his passing and extending our condolences to his family at this sorrowful time.”