ROMSEY'S MP has called on the government to issue a commemorative coin in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Following the death of the 101-year-old fundraiser, Caroline Nokes MP called on Jacob Rees-Mogg, as Lord President of the Privy Council, to have a coin struck in his honour, as well as propose a debate to be held in the House of Commons.

Jacob Rees-Mogg said he would welcome such a proposal, and said that he hopes to see one from the Royal Mint, which produces coinage, in due course.

Captain Sir Tom Moore came to the attention of the nation when he began walking lengths of his garden for NHS Charities Together, with the aim of raising £1,000 for his 100th birthday, April 30.

Over the next 24 days, he ended up raising almost £33 million, and was knighted by the Queen. He also has a number one single with Michael Ball with a cover of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, and is currently the oldest person to achieve this feat.

He sadly passed away on February 2 in Bedford Hospital, where he was being treated for pneumonia, and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

Various tributes have been paid to him, including a clap held on February 3, and in Andover, one man covered his house in Union Jacks. Following a request from one of her constituents, Caroline Nokes has said that a coin should be struck in his honour.

She said: “I raised the issue of a commemorative coin in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who inspired so many of us with his epic walking to raise funds for NHS charities in his hundredth year.

“Obviously there have been suggestions about statues and postage stamps, but I thought a coin could allow us all to hold in our pocket the mantra he lived by, “Tomorrow is a good day”. What a wonderful way to be reminded of his efforts in some of our darkest times.”

She raised the issue in parliament, asking Jacob Rees-Mogg: “Captain Sir Tom Moore taught us that ‘Tomorrow is a good day’. Can I ask my right honourable friend as Lord President of the Privy Council to use his influence to bring about a commemorative coin for this remarkable national treasure and a debate in this house?”

In response, the Lord President said: “My right honourable friend has the most brilliantly obscure knowledge because the approval of all coins does indeed come before the privy council on the suggestion of the Royal Mint and I hope that as Lord President I do see a proposal from the Royal Mint in due course.

“Captain Sir Tom Moore dedicated his life to serving his country and others and he showed the value of all life, that he in his hundredth and hundredth and first year showed that somebody of great age can make as important a contribution as anybody else in the country did over that last year”.