Captain Sir Tom Moore shines a light on loneliness – The Yorkshire Post says

CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore’s comments on loneliness resonate because they come from the heart of a national treasure revered and loved by so many.

Captain Sir Tom Moore has become a national treasure after his charity walk in aid of the NHS. Photo: James Hardisty.

It comes after the centenarian placed the lockdown, and social isolation, in the context of his late wife Pamela’s brave battle with dementia.

“My wife was in hospital for a long time – several years. One day she said to me, ‘If you didn’t come and see me, I would be very lonely’. That struck me right to the heart,” the Keighley-born veteran has now said.

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They’re thought-provoking words as hospitals and care homes turn away visitors. But so, too, is Captain Tom’s experiences as a carer when Pamela first became ill. He couldn’t go shopping, visit their daughters or walk the dogs.

Captain Sir Tom Moore has spoken out on the issue of loneliness.

“I was trapped,” he wrote in his memoir Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day. His experiences are all the more reason why measures to alleviate loneliness, the hidden epidemic, are integral to all lockdown strategies.

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