Despite becoming a beacon of hope during the coronavirus pandemic with his fundraising actions, the 100-year-old has attracted some trolls on social media.
Chatting to Metro.co.uk about his new podcast with Cadbury’s and Age UK – in which he shines a spotlight on older members of society and their stories – talk turned to his own stories.
Discussing the positive reaction the war hero has had from those online, his daughter Hannah explained that there had been some who had attacked his efforts.
When asked if they relay the positive comments back to him, Hannah told us: ‘Definitely yes, absolutely.
‘To be really clear, the rest of the family have picked that up though, so it’s not that we are under a glow of immunity, he definitely has a glow of immunity.
‘Although there even have been some where… there have been comments saying, “Enough now, we don’t want to hear any more”. So we are very careful and we, as a family, have had to lock together to block out the negativity, of which there has been some.
‘We decided that the lovers were greater than the haters, and the haters will always hate. But for the vast majority of it, it’s overwhelmingly positive comments and we all see it, and we all feel it, which is amazing.
‘It’s been something incredibly positive from everything that we have seen as the people around him.’
Captain Tom came into the public eye at the beginning of lockdown, and raised a staggering £32million for NHS staff working tirelessly on the front line of the pandemic.
His life story will also be explored in a new biopic, which he would be keen on Sir Michael Caine or Sir Anthony Hopkins tackling.
Side note: We would be totally down for this.
Lifting the lid on how he has coped so well with all of the attention that he has been met with, Captain Tom insisted that he’s ‘always’ been an optimistic person, no matter what life has thrown his way.
And he urged those struggling to remember that things will ‘get better’.
‘I’ve always said, all my life I’ve been optimistic,’ he continued. ‘Whenever the downturn, I know I’ve always come out on the right side.
‘I still say to people, “Tomorrow is a good day because things eventually will get better, and things will be improving for everyone soon, the sooner the better”.
‘Please, all people who are in this difficult position, remember that one day you will get better. It may take some time, but it will get better. We shall all come out on the right side, with a nice sunny sky. I’ll say to everyone, please, please try not to be downhearted and look to the future.’
‘Remember, if you’re a young person, the world is your oyster. And it’s ready for you to get out there and open it. It may not be this afternoon, but that day will come,’ he added.
‘Don’t get yourselves downhearted, because you have a long, long time to go in your life, and things will improve.
‘You will find that when you come out the other side, everything will be so much better.’
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s The Originals podcast is available to stream now on Spotify.
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