Charity fundraiser, 90, inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore pays tribute

Lucinda Cameron and Laura Paterson, PA Scotland

A 90-year-old inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore’s fundraising efforts to climb the equivalent of a mountain on her stairs for charity has said he must have been “a wonderful person”.

Margaret Payne, of Ardvar, Sutherland, raised £436,000 after scaling the height of the 731-metre Suilven on her staircase at home.

Sir Tom died at the age of 100 on Tuesday morning after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Second World War veteran was knighted in recognition of his efforts, raising more than £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April.

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Captain Sir Tom Moore was knighted by the Queen (Chris Jackson/PA)

Mrs Payne said his death was “very sad” as she paid tribute to him.

She said: “I don’t see anybody else ever making that kind of money for a cause.

“I think he was quite outstanding in every way, that he survived the Burma campaign and lived to be so old.

“I think he must have been a wonderful person.”

Mrs Payne’s staircase climbing raised funds for the NHS, the Highland Hospice and the RNLI.

She was honoured by the Queen for her efforts, receiving a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Lochinver, Sutherland

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