Why England cricketers are wearing black arm bands?

England cricketers are wearing black armbands in the first Test against India as a mark of respect for inspirational war veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died aged 100 earlier this week.


Who was Captain Sir Tom Moore ?


Captain Sir Tom Moore
Captain Sir Tom Moore

Captain Sir Tom Moore caught global attention when he raised £39m for National Health Service (NHS) charities by walking 100 laps of his Marston Moretaine garden during the first lockdown in Britain last year.


Moore served in India and the Burma campaign during the Second World War, and later became an instructor in armoured warfare. After the war, he worked as managing director of a concrete company and was an avid motorcycle racer.


On 6 April 2020, at the age of 99, Moore began to walk lengths of his garden in aid of NHS Charities Together, with the goal of raising £1,000 by his 100th birthday. In the 24-day course of his fundraising, he made many media appearances and became a popular household name in the UK, earning a number of accolades and attracting over 1.5 million individual donations.


On the morning of Moore's hundredth birthday, the total raised by his walk passed £30 million, and by the time the campaign closed at the end of that day had increased to over £32.79 million (worth almost £39 million with expected tax rebates).


His birthday was marked in a number of ways, including flypasts by the Royal Air Force and the British Army. He received over 150,000 cards, and was appointed as honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College. On 17 July 2020, he was personally knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle.


He passed away on 2 February 2021 at Bedford Hospital where he was taken after being treated for pneumonia and then testing positive for COVID-19.