Captain Sir Tom Moore, the WWII veteran who raised nearly £ 39 million for NHS charities during the first coronavirus lockdown in spring 2020, has died aged 100 after testing positive for coronavirus.
His daughters, Hannah and Lucy, confirmed Moore’s death in a statement.
They said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore. We are very grateful to have been with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia next to her bed and Lucy on FaceTime.
“We spent hours chatting with him, remembering our childhood and our wonderful mother. We share laughter and tears together.
“The last year of our father’s life was extraordinary. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he had only dreamed of. While he had been in so many hearts for a short time, he was an amazing father and grandfather, and he will remain alive in our hearts forever.
“The care our father received from the NHS and caregivers during the last weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary. They have been tirelessly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we could have ever imagined. ”
Moore was admitted to Bedford hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for Covid-19 last week.
In a statement posted on the veteran’s Twitter page earlier that day, his family said they had treated him at home until Sunday, when he needed extra help with his breathing.
Hannah Ingram-Moore said her father had not needed to be taken to an intensive care unit.
A spokesman for Moore’s family told the BBC at the time that he had not received the Covid-19 vaccine due to the medication he was taking for pneumonia.
Moore’s fundraising efforts during the first national shutdown in April last year raised £ 38.9 million for NHS charities after his promise to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday captured the imagination. from fans around the world.
Boris Johnson said Moore’s “heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation,” while the Duke of Cambridge praised him as a “one-man fundraising machine.”
The indomitable spirit he embodied inspired the nation, and then he broke two Guinness World Records, becoming the oldest person to hit a number one single on the UK charts and raising the most money to go on a hike. charity soloist.
Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, in April 1920, Moore completed an apprenticeship as a civil engineer after finishing school and later joined the army. In 1940, he was selected for officer training and rose to the rank of captain, then assigned to the 9th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in India.
He served and fought in Arakan in western Burma, since then renamed the Rakhine State, and went with his regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender.
After the war, he returned to the UK and worked as an instructor at the School of Armored Combat Vehicles in Bovington, Dorset. He lived in Kent for many years before moving to Bedfordshire in 2007 to be with his family.
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