The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore have spoken out about the backlash they faced for taking him on holiday to Barbados shortly before he died.
The World War Two veteran raised £38.9 million for the NHS walking across his garden during the coronavirus pandemic ahead of his 100th birthday.
Speaking on TalkTV, Captain Tom's daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said: "It was his dream."
She explained that her father had put together a bucket list including entries like going back to India, jumping out of a plane and watching cricket in Barbados.
"Finally we found a period of time where we could all go, and we were all invited, and his dream was to go and see the cricketers in Barbados," Hannah Ingram-Moore said of the decision to go on holiday with her father to the Caribbean island.
The family said that doctors had checked him before they went on their holiday and said 'go, Captain Tom - be happy'.
She said they didn't know at the time he had silent pneumonia and that the doctors hadn't picked it up either.
Colin Ingram, Hannah's husband, said Captain Tom's family had 'never been able to grieve as a family'.
He said: "We’ve never been able to grieve as a family, because we had to grieve with the world."Featured Image Credit: TALKTV/JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/ Getty Images