Our statement on the passing of Paul O'Grady

published on 29 Mar 2023

Paul O'Grady posing with Salvation Army Officer Captain Jo Moir with a cup of tea in one of our emergency response vehicles.
Paul O'Grady with Captain Jo Moir in one of our emergency response vehicles.

Salvation Army Captain Jo Moir, who mentored Paul O'Grady MBE when he trained as a Salvation Army volunteer for a TV documentary said: “We are very saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Paul. His family and friends are in our prayers.

“Paul’s compassion, sensitivity and genuine enthusiasm enabled him to connect with people from all backgrounds, whatever their circumstances and challenges. We worked together for six months on a TV programme he was making about The Salvation Army. In that time, he met so many different people being supported by our officers.  From someone living with addiction to an elderly lady living with dementia, he was able to make everyone feel respected and accepted. 

“We are thankful and grateful for the many years of support Paul has given both publicly and privately to The Salvation Army’s work with the most vulnerable in society. We will forever remember both his humour and his humanity and will miss him dearly.”