22nd April 2020

Darling Paloma,

We have a new hero in this country. Someone I’d like to think you will hear about when you grow. And if you don’t, I will make sure you will know how a valiant idea made a remarkable connection to our world during these turbulent days.

Thomas Moore, a father of two and a former British army officer who served in India and Burma during the second world is 99 years old. Next week on 30th April, he will be celebrating his 100th birthday. He is going to be one hundred years older than you! Well one hundred and two months older if everything goes according to plan. He has become known to all of us as Captain Tom. On 6th April 2020, he began a walk in aid of NHS Charities with the aim of raising £1,000 by his hundredth birthday. He aimed to complete one hundred laps of his garden, ten laps per day, with the help of a walking frame.

As of today, he has raised £28 million and more than 1.3 million people have donated.

When you watch him in uniform, you at first see an old man walking slowly but if you look closely enough you are transported by his grace of movement. I sat watching the television expressing my joy, screaming so loud but being so moved nothing came out. I am and was truly humbled by his cause. Each step is brief like a hummingbird that flies past you with a hint of colour from his medals. When interviewed, he is the most charming of men who you can tell throughout his life has been considerate, generous, and kind.

Captain Tom. 16th April 2020
Captain Tom during his military days

His act shadows the behaviour of some of the world’s leaders who have put their ego in front of anything else.

When he finished his hundredth lap of his garden, it was shown live on television. The 1st Battalion, the Yorkshire regiment stood to attention and as he crossed the line he was interviewed by the BBC.

‘Captain Tom how do you feel this morning?’

With a deep breath he said, ‘Fine. I am surrounded by the right sort of people…hope you are all feeling fine too.’

Te quiero mucho,


Published by Simon Astaire

Simon Astaire was the youngest agent ever employed at ICM starting the Music department and representing a variety of clients before turning to head a PR agency where his clients included brands such as Bulgari, Armani and celebrities and members of the Royal Family. He is regularly quoted in the press and has been described in The London Times as a PR Prince. He had a regular column in the Sunday Telegraph called Station to Station where he interviewed a diverse mixture of high-profile individuals on their imaginary last train journey. He has written six novels and two biographies including soccer star Sol Campbell when he was nominated for best new sports writer. His latest novel The Last Photograph, was made into a film of the same name. It had a US theatrical release in November 2019 and is now available on all platforms. His blog ' Letters to my daughter' began March 19th 2020.

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