Captain Sir Tom Moore has shared his fears for the elderly if Britain were to be put into another national lockdown.
The Second World War veteran, 100, told LBC that another lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic would be a ‘disaster’.
He explained: ‘I am afraid it would be, let’s just say unpleasant, for older people. It will be very, very difficult because at the moment they are virtually imprisoned in their own premises.’
Captain Sir Tom worried what would happen to those who were unable to see their friends and family if they were forced to spend so much time alone again.
He added: ‘Whilst we continue with the lockdown, people are going to be more and more isolated, for longer and to me, this is going to be very, very bad for old people. [It would be a] very serious situation for all of us.’
The centenarian captured the nation’s heart after walking 100 laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS amid lockdown, racking up an enormous £33million overall.
Despite the difficulties of lockdown and the pandemic, Captain Sir Tom doesn’t like to dwell on the negatives.
He explained: ‘I think the thing is, you’ve got to look on the bright side, that things will get better.
‘I mean I’m always, I’ve been very optimistic and I’m still optimistic, but I do worry for the old people.
‘The old people have the right to say do look on the bright side because things will get better, and there is no doubt that we can get away from under this cloud that we’re in at the moment. ‘
He also encouraged younger people to help out their elderly neighbours and relatives by reaching out to them for a chat or by offering to do their shopping or helping out with day to day tasks.
Captain Sir Tom has also started his own podcast in order to help the elderly, with his daughter Hannah telling Metro.co.uk: ‘All old people have an incredibly powerful stories to tell and that was what drew me to thinking it would be a lovely thing for my father to do.
‘It was about connecting. If you think what happened with the phenomena, and still is continuing to happen, is this incredible connection around the world, connecting people across gender, race, nationality, social status, and age.
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